The Broken Islands are located in Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The inner islands offer sand-fringed bays, quiet coves, and narrow sheltered waterways. The exposed shores of the outer islands are rugged and weather worn, shaped by Pacific winter storms. The island channels host an incredible amount of marine and intertidal life, providing hours of beachcombing and kayaking pleasure. Porpoises, seals, sea lions, gray whales and over 200 species of sea birds inhabit the nutrient rich waters. Tours of Exploration offers a four (or six) day sea kayaking expedition that is suitable for novice and experienced paddlers.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit the needs and experience-levels of any type of traveller. Whether you are a beginner at kayaking or have done several multi-day excursions, book with confidence that we will be able to find the right adventure for you.
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population.
- We ensure that bookings are 100% risk-free, and all deposits are refundable should any travel-related interruption occur.
2021 Departure Dates and Costs
Four Day Broken Islands Kayak Expedition
May 21-May 24
May 28-31, June 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, July 1-4
July 9-11, 16-19, 23-26, July 30-August 2
August 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
September 3-6, 10-13, 17-20
Six Day Broken Islands Kayak Expedition
August 8-13, August 22-27
Price: $1,675 CAD / $ 1,280 USD plus 5% GST, & national park camping fees ($49 per person)
Maximum Participants: 12 (2 guides)
Departure Point: Toquart Bay, BC
Itinerary (4 day sample)
All participants meet today at Secret Beach (Toquaht First Nations, www.secretbeachcampground.com) located about a 50 minute drive from Ucluelet or 80 minutes from Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island) at 9:00 am. Please ensure you’ve had a breakfast before we meet. Note there is camping at this site for $20/site, and there is a $10 per day parking fee payable in cash to the Band at the time we depart. Most folks either camp at Secret Beach or sleep the night prior at a B&B in Ucluelet. After introductions to your fellow paddlers on the expedition, the guides will assign you to a kayak and help you get your personal gear stowed away. When everyone is ready, we'll go over some basic paddling fundamentals and a safety orientation and then launch into the pristine waters of Barclay Sound and 4 days of discovery and enchantment. With helpful advice and instruction from your guides, it won't take long till you feel you're getting the "hang of it" as we paddle amongst the gorgeous islands and explore the many inlets of this Vancouver Island paradise. These waters are home to a large variety of different marine wildlife and it is not uncommon for us to encounter everything from Grey whales, sea lions, otters, porpoises, and eagles throughout your time in this spectacular area. After a couple of hours, we'll land on one of the pristine beaches of Hand Island and you can sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch the guides will prepare. After lunch, there is always time to explore the island, take some photos, or have a swim... then we'll launch the kayaks and make our way through a series of islands to our campsite at Willis Island. We'll then make camp, set up our tents and you are free to explore the area, enjoy a book, beachcomb... whatever you fancy! A sumptuous dinner around a cozy campfire with a canopy of stars above is the evening entertainment.
With another spectacular day ahead of us, we'll wake to the aromas of freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast on the make. After everyone has had their fill, we'll pack for the day (we return to our site in the later afternoon) and launch yet again into the pristine waters of this magnificent area...be ready with your camera today because you'll need it! Our destination today is a paddle further out along the outer islands of the Barclay Sound. Depending on the conditions and weather, we may visit the outer coastal islands or we may venture southwest through the interior islands and explore some Sea Caves. The Broken Islands allow us to meander through a myriad of different paddling environments - one minute, we are in the protected solitude of tiny islands and inlets paddling over a kaleidoscope of intertidal colors and next we can be crossing channels with ocean surge (thrilling, yet very safe!) with a procession of curious seals following close behind. We’ll lunch on one of the outer islands, enjoying a relaxing sojourn on an idyllic west coast beach before making our way back to Willis for the late afternoon. There will be time for a swim, a lazy walk through the magnificent old growth rainforest or just sitting with a good book. We’ll enjoy another delicious meal and a warm campfire to put a great end to another magnificent day!
We'll wake to the sounds of the gently lapping waves, the call of a loon or eagle and the aromas of coffee and a tasty cooked breakfast. After breakfast, we’ll break camp for today we venture across the Peacock Channel, the Brabant Island Group and into the maze of islets and inlets and narrow channels that make up the Pinkerton Island Group. One of the highlights of the paddling on our Broken Islands trip, this area paddles along some of the Vancouver Island coastline and it isn’t uncommon on this day to see black bears along the coast, lifting up rocks and eating the small crab underneath. We’ll make our way over to Hand Island in the later afternoon, setting up camp and enjoying a swim in the refreshing waters of this island gem. Another gourmet creation for dinner and our last night around the campfire finishes off yet another spectacular day in paradise.
All good things must come to an end, but not before we enjoy a final paddle in this spectacular area. Today after another great breakfast, we pack for our morning’s paddle back to our embarkation point of Secret Beach. We’ll cross Loudon Channel, passing by Lyal Point and once more through the Stopper Islands. Maybe we’ll get treated to some Humpback Whales lunge feeding in these nutrient rich waters. We should get back to Secret Beach by noon to 1:00pm at the very latest. We’ll then unpack the kayaks, bid our goodbyes and adieu’s. From Secret Beach, it’s a little over an hour drive to Tofino on the west coast or a three hour drive back to Nanaimo, where one can catch a late afternoon/ early evening ferry back to Vancouver and The Mainland.
- All camp meals while on the tour
- Expedition sea kayaks with paddles, life jackets and safety equipment
- Group cooking/camping equipment and first aid
- Services of qualified expedition guides
- 5 % GST
- Transportation to and from your home and Toquart Bay, BC
- Accommodations and meals before and after trip dates Tent. Tent rentals are available for $15 per day
- Insurance of any kind
- Optional tipping of leader, guides and local staff