kayaking broken group islands

The Broken Group Islands , a unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, are a cluster of about 100 islands in Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The natural beauty, cultural and environmental significance of this location led to Parks Canada declaring The Broken Group Islands a protected area in early 1970’s.

The West Coast Trail and Long Beach make up the other two units of the park. It is a truly magical experience to sea kayak in the lagoons and small, intimate harbors created by several small islands, hopping from one small group to another. These inner islands are home to a rich and vibrant selection of marine life, not seen in other areas along the coast. The outer Islands are more exposed to the full force of west coast storms, which over time have created caves and blow holes. Wouwer Island is home to colonies of California and Stellar sea lions, which can be heard roaring from the distance. The midden beaches and other archaeological remnants show evidence of first nations people inhabiting and gathering food in this area for as long as 4,000 years. There is a reason why these islands are talked about the world over as a sea kayaking and sailing destination. Come, take your adventure vacation to this great area.

Difficulty: Class 1/2  Novice Cost: Cdn: July/Aug $1699 + 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.)

NUCHATLITZ KAYAKING ITINERARY

Includes: sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs [life jacket], spray skirts, dry bags, transportation from the point of origin and return, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, meals/snacks/beverages during kayaking, tents, meal preparations, tarps, major first aid supplies, water taxi, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides. Not Included: Travel to Vancouver, accommodation in Vancouver, personal gear, meals other than identified in the itinerary, gratuities, all taxes. Day 0-Arrive in area, prepared for pickup the next morning. A guide will phone you to confirm pickup details. Trips will start and finish at Toquart Bay. Groups will typically spend their first night at Hand Island before exploring the many islands and channels. The subsequent itinerary of paddling and campsites will be determined by the level of the group and the weather conditions that present themselves. Day 1-Travel Day: Guides and clients meet in Nanaimo at one of our pickup points (point of origin). The bus journey up island to Toquart Bay out of Tofino will take about 4 hours. This first day will be going over kayaking skills and assessing for an afternoon launch. Day 2-Provided we have made it to Hand Island, we will continue into the Broken Group and pick a camp that gives us ready access to a number of day journeys to explore the surroundings. Day 3-5-Day trips in the area depending on conditions. Day 6-Typically, day 6 is spent travelling back to Toquart Bay. This may be a shorter or longer journey, depending on conditions, but this usually involves some further exploration. Arrival back at Toquart Bay is usually around noon, and then we set about loading, changing, eating, and getting ready to journey back to Nanaimo, around 6:00 pm.

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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