Less well known than it’s more celebrated neighbour, Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Archipelago provides a stunning array of scenery and lots of paddling variety. The Archipelago acts as the gateway between the Northeast corner of Vancouver Island and the southern terminus of the Great Bear Rainforest just to the North. Interspersed with islands, middens, and half hidden coves, the Broughton area is rich in it’s diversity of wildlife, scenery and history. A BC Marine Park, The Broughton Archipelago is rich in First Nations culture; the Kwakwaka’wakw have called this area home for countless millennia, and the abandoned villages and other cultural sites that we visit attest to this. An important ecological area that acts as a nursery for millions of fish, it’s also abundant in wildlife, with bears, eagles, deer, and seabird colonies all feeding off its’ plentiful waters.

The Broughton Archipelago is a literal maze of islands, and no day’s paddle will be the same. Often we paddle on the outer edge of the archipelago at the base of the  Queen Charlotte Strait, here we encounter great fishing, sea bird colonies, sea lions haul outs, and a view of stunning grandeur that may call you to keep paddling for months up the inside passage. In sheltered waters of the Archipelago, we can find respite if the weather is sour and explore this mystical area and it’s first nations sites, hidden bays, and rich rainforest, and if the weather is stunning the islands shine like jewels and the white midden beaches almost seem tropical. Our route takes us through Johnstone Strait off Vancouver Island which is the ideal location to go kayaking with orca and humpback whales and observe and photograph some of nature’s truly magnificent mammals. 

“One of the features that made things easier for us was the pickup and drop-off at the hotel. Not having to rent a car was nice, since it would sit for most of the week anyways, as well as not having to worry about ferry schedules etc.” Robert Smyth., London, Ontario

Difficulty: Class 1/2  Novice Cost: Cdn:   – $2095 + GST 5% [Federal Tax]

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A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. Sea to Sky Expeditions will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing. Please note that all tours in B.C and the Yukon. are subject to a 5% GST federal tax. No one may depart on a trip unless all payments and necessary documents (including medical and liability release forms) are received by Sea to Sky Expeditions. Due to the nature of operating in the wilderness and international destinations, prices are subject to change [rare]. Where necessary to change a price, we will try to provide as much notice as possible, and offer you the choice of another trip, or to cancel, with full refund. Our prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you choose to pay by credit card, we have to process the payment in Canadian funds. Your credit card company will automatically change it to your currency based on their exchange rate. If you paid your deposit in Canadian funds, please continue to make all further payments in Canadian funds to avoid any confusion in the daily changing exchange rate. Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to alter itineraries or cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient booking levels or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient booking levels will generally occur at least 30 days prior to departure. Sea to Sky Expeditions is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.).

Broughton Archipelago Explorer

A complete information package for our kayaking BC trip to view the orcas will be issued upon registration, along with maps, clothing and equipment list.

Included in our Kayaking BC trip:  Sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], spray skirts, dry bags, transportation from Vancouver and return, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides. Meals on our Kayaking BC trip:  All food while on the sea kayaking portion of the trip.

Excluded from our Kayaking BC trip:  Transportation to point of origin, transfers, accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary, and personal equipment.

  • Gratuities are not included. Our guides make every effort to ensure your holiday is all you expected and more. Recognition of a job well done is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended. 


Day 0:  Arrival in Vancouver. This denotes the day or days spent in Vancouver before the listed start date of the trip.

Day 1: Pick up in Vancouver transport to Telegraph cove, that evening you will get a short brief on the overall trip plan, an introduction to packing your gear and We’ll distribute dry-bags to pack your gear in, and answer any questions you may have. This night we eat at the Saltery Pub Historic building in Telegraph Cove while accomadation will be Camping. Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: After Breakfast we pack Kayaks (depending on weather need of transport), before kayaking, we will run a short intro to the Kayaks, Safety and how to paddle efficiently.

We aim to be on the water before lunch and it is a short paddle to our first campsite (depending on weather) along the shores of the Johnston Straight.
Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Days 3 to 8: This nomadic tour will allow us to explore freely in the area, and we will break camp 5– 6 times. On Day two we will work our way across the Johnston straight and into the Broughton area, seeking out primo camp sites according to weather.

*Day 5*: Along the way, we will stop at the Quaint and character full small community of Echo Bay and visit Billy Proctor’s museum, where he has gathered up thousands of artifacts from the area. This night we will also call the floating Lodge “the Paddlers Inn” home for the night, where we will resupply on water and enjoy a shower and a real bed for the night. We may plan a stop at the ancient native village of Meem Quam Leese and explore its decaying totems and long houses.

Each trip is unique and each itinerary will change on a daily bases due to weather, tides, and group interests. Our main goals are complete immersion in this amazing area, relaxation, wildlife sightings, great food and an amazing time.    Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9: On our last day, we’ll linger over breakfast; possibly pack up camp, and board our water taxi for the return journey to Telegraph Cove, arriving by about 10.30 AM. After pack up and lunch we begin our Journey south back to Vancouver.

Vancouver Many of the major North American carriers fly into Vancouver or alternately, Seattle. Check with your travel agent for options. There is a bus service, Quick Shuttle , from Seattle’s airport to hotels in Vancouver. These run daily and are reasonably priced. For more information, in North America, phone 1/800/665-2122 or 1/604/940-4428 – Fax 1/604/940-4429. Check the link regarding shuttles and other airport information.

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