Broken Group Islands: 6 Days
Kayaking in Pacific Rim National Park off the west coast of Vancouver Island
All Experience Levels
Broken Group Islands: 6 Day Kayak Journey
The Broken Group Islands are a part of the Pacific Rim National Park. Located off the west coast of Vancouver Island, it is made up of a rich tapestry of small isles, sand and shell beaches and lush temperate rain forest. Marine and land mammals to watch for include Orcas, Humpbacks and Grey Whales, sea otters, sea lions, wolves, deer, eagles and pelicans.
We will meet the evening prior to our trip in Port Alberni to discuss final trip information. On the first morning of our trip we will take a ferry into the Broken Group Islands. This 40km journey will get us acquainted with the area, as well as offer up great scenery and the possibility of whale watching.
With such a rich cultural and ecological history, there is always something to look out for or ponder on our paddle. A fairly sheltered group of islands, this multi-day trip is great for all experience levels.
Where We Paddle
We will start the trip with an 8am ferry and will be dropped off on a beach just across the Broken Group at 11am. We will unload our gear from the ferry and begin packing our kayaks. A kayak instructional will be delivered to assure the group has a good understanding of paddling techniques and group travel. We will then have lunch before crossing into the Broken Group Islands. The first day will include 2-3 hours of paddling in the afternoon, before making our way to our first camp.
These will be full paddling days unless the weather tells us otherwise. Our days will include 2-3 hours of paddling before lunch and another 2-3 hours of paddling post lunch. The routes will vary on group, weather, water conditions and guides decisions. We will switch camps at least once to give the group a greater chance to see more of the islands.
The final day will include a full morning paddle. We will have lunch, and given the circumstances likely we will have another 1 hour paddle before completing the kayak journey at our pick up location. After sorting our gear we will catch a 3:30 pm ferry back to Port Alberni. The ferry will have us back at 7:30pm where we will exchange emails for photos and likely share a final brew at a local restaurant.
When & Where We Meet
We will meet at in Port Alberni the night before at 7pm at a given restaurant. This meeting will take about 1 hour.
At this time we will review all pre-trip information, including morning departure - meeting place and time, appropriate clothing, itinerary, etc. We will also distribute dry bags, paddle jackets and water bottles for personal packing.
It is important for all participants to be present for the meeting. We find it very beneficial to the organization of the trip. We will also at this time fill out waivers and review any other medical concerns.
What is Included
- All kayaking and safety equipment
- Paddling jacket
- Camp chair
- Three dry bags for your personal belongings
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- All kitchen and fire gear
- All meals and snacks
Please ask about any extra rentals if needed
What to Bring
Clothing should include:
- 1 pair of shoes that can get wet and most importantly have grip. They need to have ankle support. I recommend runners, water shoes, Keen or Croc sandals. Closed toed shoes help against stubbing toes on rocks.
- A pair of rubber boots are optional. Perks include your feet staying dry entering and exiting the kayaks. Downside they can flood if a wave fills them. They can also be bulky to wear in a kayak or to store.
- 1 pair of shoes for land, after kayaking.
- 2-4 warm socks
- 2 shorts
- 1-2 pants
- 1 thermal underwear – like the underlays you might wear skiing.
- 3-4 shirts, short and long
- 1-2 sweaters, at least one very warm sweater recommended
- Rain jacket and rain pants
- Gloves if you easily get cold fingers
- 2 wool hats
- Sun hat
No cotton/jeans. They become heavy and cold when wet. Synthetics are a better option such as fleece or polyester. These will warm with your body if wet.
Other Items Include:
- Sun glasses
- Glasses and Contacts. Consider a back up if one becomes lost or breaks.
- Toiletries – biodegradable soaps please.
- Baby wipes and a few band aids
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Personal medications. Bring extra doses medication if is critical to you. Separate and duplicate, storing one set with a partner or guide. A trip can be cut short if there is not enough medication to keep a client safe.
- Water bottle. It nice to have a clip attached.
- Book. Keep in waterproof/sealable bag
- Spirits. Alcohol may be consumed after the days kayaking only.
- Camera. Small waterproof cameras are great. If you have a larger SL camera a pelican case is a great way to keep it protected. Alternatively, a camera can be wrapped in a sweater and kept in a dry bag for protection.
- Extra batteries
- Ziplock bags
- Sleeping bag and/or mat if you prefer your own over ours.
Leave your watches and phones behind
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