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Broughton Archipelago: 6 Day Kayak Journey

Wild Root Journeys has had interest from you all to explore the Broughton Archipelago located close to Telegraph Cove on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. This is a very special area to visit for many reasons. June to September happens to be a great time to watch Humpbacks, Orcas and Minke Whales travel and feed. The local Stellar Sea Lions have their favorite haul outs and can be heard from miles away. The Bald Eagles have more nests here than I have seen anywhere, likely because of the high supply of fish and there is often not a wrong place to look to be amazed by nature.

The waters here are suitable for all that have had some day trip experience. This is a technical place for calculating currents and knowing when to approach crossings as it has a major amount of water forcing through narrow straights twice daily. That’s just one of the benefits of having a guide to navigate routes. This movement allows for the cold water to upwell from the bottom of the channels and is the reason why so many species congregate to feed here. These waters are bounding with life, food and action.

Join this custom trip, designed for our return clients and friends. We continue to expand where to take you and this is just the start. Read below for more details. We are looking to complete bookings by early May as there are limited spots available!


Highlighted in orange below is the possible paddling range.

Where We Paddle

Day 1

We will meet the evening prior to our trip in Port McNeill 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 Telegraph Cove which is a 30 minuter drive. This is our access point to the Broughton Archipelago. From there we will water taxi to an our starting point, pack our kayaks, review the basics and enjoy a half-day paddle!

Day 2 and 5

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.

Day 6

The final day will include a full morning paddle, returning us to Telegraph Cove. The trip will have us packed up to between 2-3pm. It’s nice to book a hotel or campsite for this evening and also this timing allows folks to make there way back to the mainland should that be required.

When & Where We Meet

We will meet at in Port McNeill 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
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • All kitchen and fire gear
  • All meals and snacks
  • Water taxi on day 1

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
  • 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

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
  • Headlamp
  • 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

Please contact us with any further questions at info@nullwildrootjourneys.com

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