Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Kayaking the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park:
Our kayaking expedition in Broughton Islands Marine Park offers fantastic paddling in a remote island archipelago with wilderness campsites, secluded kayaking away from other people, and incredible wildlife including humpback whales, orcas, Steller's sea lions; pristine intertidal and old growth forest. All itineraries include a night at the secluded Paddler's Inn lodge in the heart of the archipelago. If you enjoy nature and wilderness, this Canada sea kayak trip is a must! Click on the BLUE TABS below for more details.
Overview
Duration 6 day itineraries
Length 6 days of kayaking
Intensity Intermediate
Season August
Minimum Age 15-16
Begins In Port McNeill, British Columbia
Ends In Port McNeill, British Columbia
Airport Port McNeill, British Columbia
Wildlife whales, seals, orcas, porpoises
Details

Experience an extraordinary island wilderness adventure off northern Vancouver Island offering secluded kayaking away from other people, scenic campsites and incredible wildlife encounters.  See humpback whales, seals and porpoises while paddling your kayak on a one-way route through a beautiful maze of islands and intricate channels making up Broughton Islands Marine Park, one of the most stunning archipelagos on earth, before entering Johnstone Strait and the realm of the orca (a.k.a. killer whale).

Experience by kayak a marine environment few others share. Many places in the Broughton Achipelago can only be reached by water - and many are too shallow for motorized boats. The shrill call of a bald eagle perched in a treetop, a family of killer whales cruising by camp and vibrant sea stars below the waterline are all frequent spectacles in this magical area. The islands are rich in native history. Your adventure includes a water taxi ride at one end so you can go deeper into places far from civilization.

The meeting point for our six days of adventure is the north Vancouver Island town of Port McNeill. The snow-capped mountains of mainland British Columbia create a stunning backdrop as we head out into the straits to island-hop. This is more than just a vacation - you want an escape that stimulates and enriches your life. Naturalist guides, gourmet meals, high quality equipment, superb whale watching and all the special details we're known for can be found on this trip. A night at the beginning or the end of the tour will be spent at the Paddler's Inn in the heart of the Archipelago. This rustic lodge offers real beds and professional massages for a touch of luxury in the great outdoors.

Trip Highlights: Visit ancient native sites; view incredible wildlife including humpback whales, orcas, seals, black bears, and soaring bald eagles.

Island Wilderness Adventure Gallery
View the Broughton Archipelago Gallery

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Awards
"The leadership from Terry and guides throughout the trip was first rate in all respects including attention to safety, kayaking instruction, camp set-up, meal prep, fellowship and education regarding weather, tides, marine biology and history of the area. We would not hesitate to travel with you again."
Mike & Esther Rogers
Availability
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Title Intensity Departures Adult Youth For Whom?
Broughton Archipelago 6-day 2014 Intermediate View Dates $1,585 $1,427 Everybody
Getting There

Our BC Island Wilderness Adventure kayak tours meet in Port McNeill. Port McNeill is located on northeastern Vancouver Island and is accessible by road from the south or by scheduled air service from Vancouver, British Columbia (Port Hardy is the closest airport to Port McNeill, about 40 minutes away). Click here for a detailed guide [.pdf download] about travel to Port McNeill.

Accommodations in Port McNeill: Haida-Way Motor Inn (800) 956-3373/(250) 956-3373. Let the Haida-Way know you are on a Sea Kayak Adventures tour. We will meet here for our pre-trip meeting the day before your tour begins.

Extra things to do in the Port McNeill/Telegraph Cove area: For extra days in the area, we recommend side trips to Alert Bay and the U'mista Cultural Center on Cormorant Island, or Sointula - both reached by short ferry ride from Port McNeill. The last days of this tour will wind through Johnstone Strait, the heart of orca territory in the Pacific Northwest, but you may or may not see these whales due to the limited time in the Strait. We recommend an orca watching cruise with Mackay out of Port McNeill or Stubbs Island out of Telegraph Cove to ensure great sightings.

Awards
"The leadership from Terry and guides throughout the trip was first rate in all respects including attention to safety, kayaking instruction, camp set-up, meal prep, fellowship and education regarding weather, tides, marine biology and history of the area. We would not hesitate to travel with you again."
Mike & Esther Rogers
FAQ

Please review our FAQ section for general questions and details about our BC kayak tours. See below for specific questions relating to this particular tour.

Is previous kayaking experience necessary?
Our tours are suitable for novices. However, this particular tour is more-kayak focused than our standard Baja and BC tours, and therefore best suited to those with some prior kayaking experience or a regular fitness program. We're happy to discuss your suitability for the tour.

Will I see whales?
Humpback and Minke whales are often encountered on our Wilderness Islands tours in August.  Although Johnstone Strait is considered the best place to see orcas (killer whales) in the wild, we only spend a day or two in Johnstone Strait on the way to the Broughton Archipelago. Consequently, depending on the location of the whales during our tour, we cannot estimate your orca sightings on the tour.

What do the trip costs include?
Skilled professional guide services, dry bags, neoprene shoes, camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, liners, and sleeping pads are included in your trip cost. Our camping trips include all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. The one-way water taxi ride out to the Archipelago is also included on this tour, as well as a night at the Paddlers' Inn.

Awards
"The leadership from Terry and guides throughout the trip was first rate in all respects including attention to safety, kayaking instruction, camp set-up, meal prep, fellowship and education regarding weather, tides, marine biology and history of the area. We would not hesitate to travel with you again."
Mike & Esther Rogers
Itinerary

Arrival: On the evening before the trip, there will be an orientation meeting with your trip leader at the Haida-Way Motor Inn lobby in Port McNeill at 7:00 PM. At this time, we will go over any questions, issue wetsuit booties for your feet and hand out the dry bags in which to pack your personal gear. If you are a late arrival, we’ll leave your bags at the front desk along with a welcome letter.   The hotel has a restaurant where you can eat dinner and breakfast.

Day 1: Early in the morning, we'll van you to Telegraph Cove where you’ll board a water taxi for an incredible two-hour journey to the Paddlers Inn Eco-lodge near Echo Bay. Upon arrival to the eco-lodge, we’ll check into our rooms, have lunch, and later your guides will give a comprehensive kayak orientation and a safety discussion before you enjoy a two-hour paddle excursion to explore a nearby cove. Afterwards, you can purchase a massage to enjoy while the guides prepare happy hour and dinner in the lodge’s kitchen.

Days 2-5: After breakfast, you’ll pack the kayaks with personal and group gear, then say your goodbyes to the lodge and paddle to your first camp. For the next four days, you will kayak and camp throughout the beautiful Broughton island archipelago as you paddle towards Johnstone Strait. On an average day, you will have breakfast and then paddle the kayaks for two-three hours in the morning. You'll take an hour or two for lunch, and then spend another two-three hours in the kayaks before arriving at camp to enjoy happy hour drinks and snacks, then dinner. Each day you’ll have time to relax and learn about the area.

Day 6: After breakfast, you’ll paddle to Telegraph Cove, where after unpacking the kayaks, you’ll have time to visit the famous Whale Interpretative Center. We strongly recommend that you overnight in Port McNeill, join us for a farewell dinner with your fellow guests and guides.

Note: These tours run back-to-back. Some tours will start in Telegraph Cove and end at the Paddler's Inn. Weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.  In addition, although we operate our trips during The peak season for whale activity in the area, we cannot guarantee their presence or exact behavior.

Awards
"The leadership from Terry and guides throughout the trip was first rate in all respects including attention to safety, kayaking instruction, camp set-up, meal prep, fellowship and education regarding weather, tides, marine biology and history of the area. We would not hesitate to travel with you again."
Mike & Esther Rogers
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Awards
"The leadership from Terry and guides throughout the trip was first rate in all respects including attention to safety, kayaking instruction, camp set-up, meal prep, fellowship and education regarding weather, tides, marine biology and history of the area. We would not hesitate to travel with you again."
Mike & Esther Rogers
ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.
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