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Broken Group Islands: 4 & 5 Day Kayak Journeys
The Broken Group Islands are a part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, 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 rainforests. Marine and land mammals to watch for include Orcas, Humpbacks and Grey Whales, sea otters, sea lions, wolves, deer, and eagles. A fairly sheltered group of islands, this multi-day trip is great for all experience levels!
This is the traditional territory of the Tseshaht First Nations. We are honored to be invited to paddle here and often have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the culture, including the present and historical use of the area.
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 with great people in such a potent wild space. One of these will be a 5-day trip to explore more of the park reserve. Read our contribution in the News 1130: Pride Outside and What’s On Queer BC articles.
Read also an article from the Globe and Mail featuring Wild Root Journeys in their Hidden Canada addition for the company to paddle with!
Where We Paddle
Day 1 will start at Secret Beach which is a 45 minute drive from Ucluelet. After packing our kayaks a short paddle instructional will be shared. We will then travel through the Stopper Islands and make our way into the Broken Group Islands for lunch. We will have a chance to swim, relax, get to know each other a bit before making our way to our first camp. Guides will prepare a hearty and delicious meal and help in demonstrating camp practices like setting up tents, finding outhouses and explaining the basics of camp culture in the park.
Day 2 and 3
These will be full paddling days unless the weather tells us otherwise. This will include 2-3 hours of paddling before lunch and again 2-3 hours of paddling post lunch. The routes will vary on the group, weather, and water conditions and guide decisions. We will likely switch camps once to give the group a greater chance to see more of the islands. We will also share with the group each day ideas we have on routes and what highlights may accompany our different choices.
Day 4 will include a full morning paddle, lunch and a short afternoon paddle back to Secret Beach. The trip will have us packed up by 4 pm. We often like to gather once more for dinner in Ucluelet for those staying another night.
Day 5 For those joining our 5-day paddle, the final day will look the same as mentioned above with an extra day in between that will allow us to see further sections of the Broken Group.
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, distribute dry bags for personal packing and sign waivers.
We find it very beneficial to the organization of the trip for all to be present.
What is Included
- Your certified guide
- All kayaking gear and safety equipment
- Paddling jacket
- Camp chair
- Four dry-bags for your personal belongings
- Sleeping bag and mat
- All meals and snacks
- Park and camping passes
- Tseshaht beachkeeper fee
- Possible water taxi to the Broken Group
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
- Swimsuit - optional
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 a ziplock 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.
- Small towel
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Broken Group Islands