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SEA KAYAK TOUR BROKEN GROUP ISLANDS BC

Sample Itinerary

This is an iconic Vancouver Island, BC, sea kayaking adventure through the stunning Broken Group Islands.

The Broken Group  Islands are a part of the Pacific Rim National Park, located off the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is made up of a rich tapestry of small isles, sand and shell beaches and lush temperate coastal rain forest. Marine and land mammals to watch for include Orcas, Humpbacks and Grey Whales, sea otters, sea lions, wolves, deer, eagles and pelicans. With such a rich cultural and ecological history, there is always something to look out for, or ponder on this 4-day kayaking journey. A fairly sheltered group of islands, this multi-day trip is great for all experience levels.

The trip begins and ends with the classic Lady Rose Ferry. The ferry is great way to get take in the scenery, settle in and to spot coastal bears and whales. Upon our arrival to the Broken Group Islands, we will arrange our gear into our kayaks, receive an introductory talk, and with that, will begin our first paddle.

The Broken Group Islands are a part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Located off the West coast of Vancouver Island, they are made up of a rich tapestry of small isles, sand and shell beaches and lush temperate rain forest. There is always something to be on the lookout for! From land and marine mammals, the amazing variety of bird species, to the incredible show that happens just below our kayaks in the intertidal zone.

Highlights

  • Seeing and feeling the raw beauty of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve off the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
  • Kayaking in sheltered waters with stunning intertidal life, or paddling out in open swell, able to feel the endless ocean
  • Wildlife opportunities include: Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Sea Otters, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Black Bears, Black-tailed Deer and endless sea stars
  • Meeting the First Nation beach keepers and listening to their incredible stories firsthand
  • Enjoying an evening of stars, campfire, and a nighttime bioluminescence paddle or swim
  • Sailing on the classic Lady Rose ferry to enter and exit the Broken Group Islands from Port Alberni


STARTS AT

$ 1150

USD per Person

THIS IS A CUSTOMIZABLE ITINERARY FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES.
DATES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

  • Qualified Sea Kayak Alliance of BC Guide
  • Fibreglass kayaks and paddles, made in BC
  • Extra cushions for kayak comfort including sitting pads and lumbar pads. 
  • All kayak and safety gear
  • Paddling jacket
  • Three dry bags for your personal belongings
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Sleeping mat
  • Helinox camp chair
  • All kitchen and fire gear
  • All meals and snacks 
  • Ferry to and from the BGI’s

Day 1

We will start the trip with the classic Lady Rose ferry at 8 am which will take us to our starting point at the Sechart Lodge. We will unload our gear from the ferry and begin packing our kayaks. A kayak instructional will be delivered to ensure the group has a good understanding of paddling techniques and group travel. We will eat lunch and then begin our paddle!

There will be a short 30-minute crossing at the outset.  Depending on the weather we may choose a route following the outer islands with impressive rock formations and sea caves, or the more sheltered route amongst smaller islands.

The first day will include 2-3 hours of paddling in the afternoon, before making our way to our first camp.

All your meals, snacks, appetizers and desserts for the trip will be prepared by the guide. You will have time to set up your tent and relax by the campfire, read a book, sip a glass of wine, or stroll the beaches upon arrival to our camp each evening around 4 or 5 pm. 

Days 2 & 3

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 as the guide considers the group, weather, and water conditions. We will likely switch camps once to give the group a greater chance to see more of the islands.

Similar to our first day, we will paddle either the outer islands looking for rocks filled with sea lions, sea caves and arches, or we may choose to play in the sheltered waters to find an amazing variety of intertidal species. Lunch spots include sand or shell beaches, cultural sites that offer insight into local First Nation history and ways of living, as well as opportunities for short hikes to giant cedar trees.

Given the opportunity and group desire an evening paddle will be arranged to play amongst the bioluminescence. 

Day 4

The final day will include a full morning paddle. We will have lunch, sort our gear at the Sechart Lodge dock and catch a 3:00 pm ferry back to Port Alberni.

The ferry will have us back by 7:00 pm where we will exchange emails for photos and make our next plans!

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
  • Underwear
  • 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
  • A face mask

Other Items Include:

  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses and Contacts. Consider a backup if one becomes lost or breaks.
  • Toiletries – biodegradable soaps, please.
  • Baby wipes and a few band-aids
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Headlamp
  • SPF Chapstick
  • Personal medications. Bring extra doses of 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’s nice to have a clip attached.
  • Book. Keep in waterproof/sealable bag
  • Spirits. Alcohol may be consumed after the day’s 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.

Tour Exclusions

  • 5% GST
  • Travel to Port Alberni (Vancouver Island, Canada)
  • Accommodation in Port Alberni
  • Gratuity for staff 
  • Items of a personal nature 
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Travel insurance (health insurance mandatory, trip cancellation/interruption highly recommended)

IMPORTANT NOTES

PLEASE NOTE:
This itinerary is subject to change. Although we always do our best to stick to the itinerary. Participants should be comfortable camping and paddling in remote regions. Should be of at least a moderate fitness level.

WHEN & WHERE WE MEET:
Travel to and from Port Alberni is not included in the tour price. We will meet the evening before our departure date at 7 pm at a given location to review our itinerary, go over last-minute clothing options and answer questions, as well as hand out dry bags and paddle jackets. It’s nice to book a hotel locally for the evening before and after the trip to assure travel is not rushed if any changes should happen.

A list of clothing and personal gear will be sent to you to assist you in this preparation.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation will need to be booked for the evening before in Port Alberni as this is not part of the tour package. 

Depending on your group and party size you may choose between 2 person tents that are suitable for single participants or a 3 person tent suitable for 2 participants wanting to share a tent. Thick mattresses, warm sleeping bags and liners are also included. You will need to bring a headlamp or flashlight for reading in your tent.

We will typically arrive in Port Alberni on our final day around 7 pm. It is nice to book a night’s accommodation in advance for this evening in Port Alberni or another nearby town.

VISAS: (responsibility of the traveller if applicable )

Travel Insurance

Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. Click HERE for a Travel Insurance Quote or please email [email protected] for a quote.

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Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

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