On that day in 1958 it was the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history and it tamed the twin peaks of Ripple Rock. The maritime hazard had taken a high toll on shipping and claimed many lives. The rapids at flow are still a handful for any vessel.
It’s hard to imagine what Shoal Bay was like back in its heyday as home to one of the largest towns on the BC coast. Now it is just a lovely anchorage with spectacular views and the occasional music festival.