Ripple Rock Commemorative Walk

Our Hours:

Summer (May 18 - Sept 30)
Daily : 10am - 5pm

Winter (Oct. 1 - May 17)
Tuesday - Sunday : 12pm - 5pm

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The Museum is offering a hike to the lookout at the end of the Ripple Rock Trail in commemoration of the 56th anniversary of the Ripple Rock explosion on Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. NOTE: REGISTRATION IS FULL, TAKING WAITLIST ONLY.

On April 5, 1958, at 9:31am, the blast, using 1400 tons of explosives, was the largest man-made non-nuclear explosion in history.  Ripple Rock was an underwater, twin-peaked mountain in the Seymour Narrows of the Discovery Passage, a part of the marine trade route from Vancouver and coastal points north.  Only 2.7 metres (9 feet) underwater at low tide, it was a marine hazard, described by the explorer George Vancouver as "one of vilest stretches of water in the world."

The Ripple Rock explosion was seen throughout Canada, live on CBC Television. It was one of the first live coast to coast television coverages of an event in Canada.  This marine hazard was responsible for the sinking of more than 20 large vessels and at least 100 small boats.  The hike, with guide Ross Keller, offers a fantastic view of the challenging waters of Seymour Narrows.  Keller will talk about Ripple Rock as well as various other aspects of this wonderful trail.  The cost is $20 per person.   Please pre-register with the Museum at 287-3103.  The group will meet at the trailhead on Highway 19.