Ever wanted to paddle in a magical land of islands, mist and wondrous beasts? A place steeped in ancient culture of Animism, A place where you can explore freely and camp in stunning wilderness locations, A place where you can feel a million miles away from it all. Then this 8 day trip is for you.
Each year we invite people to come on an amazing fall expedition, yes it is not summer, it is not overly warm, and it can rain… though it is also generally very mild sunny weather; with very little wind and crisp clear days, and what you get for your brave endeavors at the tail end of a busy season is….the place all to yourself .
A BC Marine Park, The Broughton Archipelago is rich in First Nations culture; the Kwakwaka’wakw have called this area home for countless millennia, and the abandoned villages and other cultural sites that we visit attest to this. An important ecological area that acts as a nursery for millions of fish, it’s also abundant in wildlife, with bears, eagles, deer, and seabird colonies all feeding off its’ plentiful waters.
We find this is the most amazing time of the year to visit this area, the weather is really quite amazing (in fact we consider it the best weather of the entire season in September) all the tourists have gone home, the salmon fishing boats from the USA have left, and all that remains are the locals. Humpback Whales come into the area by the dozens to feed before they Migrate south for the winter, pacific white sided dolphins congregate by the hundreds to make super pods, and the intimidating yet beautiful Stellar Sea lions haul out on to Rocks and Frolic about the islands in preparation for winter. Then of course there is always the chance to catch a glimpse of the mighty Killer Whale, this area is home to some 250+ resident Orca, and the odd Transient group, nothing beats seeing them in the wild.
WWA’s Co founder Jaime Sharp, has worked and played in this area for the last 8 years and this is one of his favorite places in the world and his favorite time of the year to be there.
“this is one of the most alive places I have ever been too, and no matter how many times I visit and for how long I stay, it never ceases to leave me awe struck and humbled” ~ J Sharp
SUMMER BONANZA TRIP
We occasionally run trips in the middle of summer for folks who are interested. This is the busy time of year so we keep our groups smaller (Max 8) to be able to make the most of smaller camp areas other companies can’t and don’t use. This time of year the salmon are biting, there are Black bears abound, Orca and Humpbacks frequent the waters, and the temps are warmer ( though still not often sunbathing status). We love this area and are happy to take people out anytime of year. check our trip times below to see if there is a summer trip running, if not contact us to get one started at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trip is fully catered andwe will provide you with full Instruction, Kayaks (double or single) and Kayak Safety gear, Local Guide/s, wilderness kitchen and Bathroom Facilities. We encourage you to use your own trusted personal camping gear (tent, sleep pad, sleeping bag), though we can rent to you top quality expedition worthy Tents and Sleeping pads if needed.
Get in touch with us now about how you can “Discover yourself there”.
Below is a sample itinerary and exact routes will vary, all our trips shift and change due to weather, currents, tides, campsite appropriateness and wildlife sightings.
Day 0: Plan to be in Telegraph Cove or Port McNeil the night before the trip departs Meals Included: None
Day 1: We meet at 7:30 am at the Mariner in Telegraph Cove. Vehicles can be parked for a small daily fee and extra bags can often be left at your hotel while you’re on the trip – just ask at the front desk.
From here you will get a short brief on the overall trip plan, the plan for the day, a introduction to packing your gear and We’ll distribute dry-bags to pack your gear in, and answer any questions you may have. After packing Kayaks we will run a short intro to the Kayaks, Safety and how to paddle efficiently.
We aim to be on the water before lunch and it is a short paddle to our first campsite (depending on weather) along the shores of the Johnston Straight.
Meals Included: Lunch – Dinner
Days 2 to 7: This nomadic tour will allow us to explore freely in the area, and we will break camp 5– 6 times. On Day two we will work our way across the Johnston straight and into the Broughton area, seeking out primo camp sites according to weather.
Along the way, we may stop at the small community of Echo Bay and visit Billy Proctor’s museum, where he has gathered up thousands of artifacts from the area. As well, we may plan a stop at the ancient native village of Meem Quam Leese and explore its decaying totems and long houses.
The Broughton Archipelago is a literal maze of islands, and no day’s paddle will be the same. Often we paddle on the outer edge of the archipelago at the base of the Queen Charlotte Strait, here we encounter great fishing, sea bird colonies, sea lions haul outs, and a view of stunning grandeur that may call you to keep paddling for months up the inside passage. In sheltered waters of the Archipelago, we can find respite if the weather is sour and explore this mystical area and it’s first nations sites, hidden bays, and rich rainforest, and if the weather is stunning the islands shine like jewels and the white midden beaches almost seem tropical.
Each trip is unique and each itinerary will change on a daily bases due to weather, tides, and group interests. Our main goals are complete immersion in this amazing area, relaxation, wildlife sightings, great food and an amazing time. Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 8: On our last day, we’ll linger over breakfast; enjoy one last short paddle before our journey ends. After lunch, we’ll pack up camp, and board our water taxi for the return journey to Telegraph Cove, arriving by about 3:30 PM.
Often we are back in time for you to fly out of Port Hardy or catch a late ferry back to the mainland, but delays do happen. It is recommended that you spend the last night in the area again, enjoy a hot shower, and be in no rush to come out of vacation mode. This also allows a last casual non trip meal to celebrate a great trip.
Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch
While each of our kayak tours and routes will vary based on possible wildlife sightings, currents, tides and weather the below map highlights the general area that this particular kayak tour operates in.
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Charts: You do not need to bring charts on this kayak tour. Your guides have charts of the area and will review them with guests each day. If you wish to bring your own chart(s) they are listed below. Each chart is linked to the corresponding page on the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s website and you can search where to buy these charts locally (links will open in a new window).
Telegraph Cove is our departure point, though accommodations can be found also in Port Hardy or Port McNeill.
Travelling by Air
Flights to Port Hardy – YZT (the closest airport to Port McNeill) from Vancouver depart from the south terminal of Vancouver International Airport – YVR and are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. These flights are operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines. Port Hardy airport is a 50 minute taxi ride from Telegraph cove and 30 minutes from Port McNeill.
You can also fly to Vancouver – YVR and then rent a car to visit us. If you are not planning to spend time in the Vancouver area you may consider flying to either Victoria – YYJ or Nanaimo – YCD on Vancouver Island and renting a car here (or taking the bus). If flying with Air Canada, or one of their partners, the costs of flights to Vancouver Island usually do not differ too much from flights to Vancouver. Flying to Vancouver Island can save the time and cost involved with taking a ferry.
Guests traveling from or through Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta can fly to Comox on Vancouver Island with WestJet Airlines. Comox is about 2 1/2 hour drive south of Telegraph Cove
It is also often possible to organise our guides to pick you up the night before depending on trip schedules, so feel free to ask us.
Kenmore Air operates float plane service to Port McNeill from Seattle, Washington.
Travelling by Road
If driving you need to sail on BC Ferries from the Vancouver area to either Nanaimo or Victoria on Vancouver Island. From Washington State Coho Ferry sails between Port Angeles and Victoria. Drive time from Victoria to Telegraph Cove is approximately 5.5 hours and from Nanaimo to Telegraph cove is approximately 4 hours.
Island Coach Lines (Greyhound) operates once daily bus service between Victoria and Port McNeill. Connections can be made from Vancouver in Nanaimo. Island Link Express Bus has bus service from Vancouver International Airport to locations on southern Vancouver Island. To continue to travel by bus to Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill you will need to connect with Island Coach Lines.
Telegraph Cove Accommodations
Port McNeill Accommodations
Additional Local Activities
- Trip Price $1950.00 USD Per Person
Group sizes limited to 10 on the Fall trip and to 8 on the summer adventure. Pay your initial deposit below to reserve your spot or contact us. We will then send you a detailed itinerary and booking forms.
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