Nakwakto Rapids

British Columbia, Canada

Few sites offer the possibility of waterskiing while being tied to tree. It’s possible at Turret Rock, aka Nakwakto Rapids, a legendary dive in British Columbia’s backcountry, which boasts some of the world’s fastest ocean currents, clocked at a blistering 16 knots. This is the realm of giant gooseneck barnacles, an oversize crustacean found few other places, which grow in mounds 30 to 50 feet deep here. Time the tides with Swiss precision — the safety window between tidal exchanges lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Sharing real estate with the barnacles are sure-footed crabs, painted greenlings, sculpins and a colorful palette of anemones. — Brandon Cole

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