Broken Group Islands: 4 DaysKayaking in Pacific Rim National Park off the west coast of Vancouver Island
All Experience Levels
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July 29-Aug 1*
Broken Group Islands: 4 Day Kayak Journey
The Broken Group Islands are a part of the Pacific Rim National Park. Located off the west coast of Vancouver Island, the area is made up of a hundred small islands with sand and shell beaches and lush temperate rain forests. 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 our paddle. A fairly sheltered group of islands, this multi-day trip is great for all experience levels.
We will meet the evening prior to our trip in Ucluelet to discuss the final trip information and to hand out drybags for you to pack that evening. On the first morning of our trip we will convoy to Secret Beach which is a 15 minute drive via paved road and 30 minute drive via a well-graded gravel road. This is our access point to the Broken Group. Last year Secret Beach was closed due to covid and we arranged for a water taxi. This will be a backup plan again and also an option the group can inquire about if interested this season.
We are excited to celebrate the LGBTQ2S community and will again be running two multi-day trips to bring community together in nature. Please join us for one of our journeys to connect in with great people in such a potent wild space. Read our contribution to News 1130: Pride Outside article.
We are also working towards a Wellness Journey this Summer. This journey will include a facilitator who will share in their yoga and meditation practices. We will base ourselves from a beautiful glamping location with cabins and include one or two-day paddles in the Broken Group and the Ucluelet Harbour. The journey will have highlights and conversations to soak in nature as therapy and ways to take what we absorb out here back into our daily lives. If this interests you, please inquire via email! We are planning dates for mid-May to mid-June. These journeys will be three days and two nights with a range of costs depending on the activities and accommodation that will best suit your needs!
Read an article from the Globe and Mail highlighting Wild Root Journeys in their Hidden Canada addition where we are highlighted as the place and company of choice in BC!
Where We Paddle
We will meet the evening prior to our trip in Ucluelet to discuss the final trip information and to hand out drybags for you to pack that evening. On the first morning of our trip we will convoy to Secret Beach which is a 15 minute drive via paved road and 30 minute drive via a well-graded gravel road. This is our access point to the Broken Group. Last year Secret Beach was closed due to covid and we arranged for a water taxi. This will be a backup plan again and also an option the group can inquire about if interested this season. From there we will pack our kayaks, a kayak instructional will be shared and we will enjoy a half-day paddle to our first camp!
Day 2 and 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 on group, weather, water conditions and guides decisions. We will likely switch camps once to give the group a greater chance to see more of the islands.
The final day will include a full morning paddle, returning us to Secret Beach. The trip will have us packed up to either journey back to Ucluelet or to another destination or homebound by approximately 3pm. It's nice to book a hotel or campsite between Ucluelet and Nanaimo for this evening to assure travel is not rushed if any changes should happen.
When & Where We Meet
We will meet at in Ucluelet the night before at 7pm at a given location. 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 can be rented for 15$
- Sleeping mat
- All kitchen and fire gear
- All meals and snacks
- Possible Water Taxi to and from the BGI's
- Camping Permits to the National Park
- User Fees
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
- A face mask
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
- SPF Chapstick
- 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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