Exploring the Majestic Broken Group Islands
The Broken Group is a cluster of more than 90 islands nestled in the calm waters of Barkley Sound in Pacific Rim National Park. For paddlers, it doesn’t get any better—pristine waters, white-sand beaches and an oasis of stillness among the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island – Both 4 Day and 6 Day expeditions available.
4 Day Broken Group Camping Tour
Located off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the calm, crystal clear waters are home to porpoises, river otters, sea-lions, migrating Grey whales and over 200 species of seabirds. The inter tidal zones are alive with colouful anemonies, seastars, nudibranches and a variety of other brilliant sea-life. The Broken Islands are considered one of the finest areas in the world for sea kayaking and will offer both the novice and seasoned paddler a world class experience. Oh, and the sunsets are absolutely amazing! All this and more make this expedition an outstanding adventure for the “wild at heart”.
4 Day Tour Dates 2022
May 20-May 23
May 27-30, June 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, July 1-4
July 8-10, 15-18, 22-25, July 29-August 1
August 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29
September 2-5, 9-12, 16-19
Price: $1250 Cdn. plus 5% GST, and national park camping fees $29.40 per person.
All participants meet on Day#1 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 $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 photo’s 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, beach comb…whatever your fancy…A sumptuous dinner around a cozy campfire with a canopy of stars above as the evenings entertainment.
With another spectacular day ahead of us, we’ll wake to the aroma’s 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 sea 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’re in the protected solitude of tiny islands and inlets paddling over a kaleidoscope of inter tidal colours 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, tell stories and put and end to a another magnificent day!
We’ll wake to the sounds of gently lapping waves, the call of a loon or eagle and the aroma’s 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. While you relax, the guides will whip up another gourmet creation for dinner and we’ll enjoy our last night around the campfire finishing off yet another spectacular day in paradise.
Well 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, share emails for pictures and bid our goodbyes and adieu’s. From Secret Beach, it’s a little over an hour drive to Tofino on the west coast (should you want to extend your trip) or a three hour drive back to Nanaimo, where one can catch a late afternoon/early evening ferry back to Vancouver and The
Mainland (reservations are always recommended for summer travel).
6 Day Broken Group Camping Tour
6 Day Tour Dates 2021
August 8-13, August 22-27
Price: $1699 Cdn. plus 5% GST, and national park camping fees $49.00 per person.
What our client say!
“Thank you for making our 4-day trek in the Broken Islands such a memorable adventure…the pacing was just right, so many wonderful sights, the company was compatible, the food admirable and the atmospherics amazing…and kinda romantic. We had a lovely time. I would certainly endorse the pleasure and professionalism of the adventures you offer.”
– Ann Garneau , Ottawa, Ontario
“We just want to say how much we enjoyed our 4 day trip in the Broken Islands. The guides were super…they made us all feel special in many ways…the meals were GREAT! Thanks again for a memorable trip and we highly recommend Wild Heart Adventures to anyone”.
– Stuart and Noella Bradbury and the rest of the Clan, Edmonton, Alberta
“…the trip was great and one that I really needed…I got to see one of the most beautiful places in the world…the combination of such stunning sights, the surrounding silence and the security of the kayak gave me a feeling of solitude and contentment…I’ve been raving to all my friends about the beauty of British Columbia…they definitely need to visit the Broken Islands! Thanks for the memories…”
– George Selibas, Indianna, USA