broken island group kayaking

Kayak the Broken Group Islands

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Broken Island Group

4-6 days of Paddling

A mecca for sea kayakers, the 100+ Broken Group Islands offer a wide range of paddling experiences, from enclosed and protected islets to the rugged open Pacific Ocean.

Wildlife is abundant in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve featuring eagles, intertidal life, porpoises, seals, stellar & California sea lions. With luck we’ll see humpback and grey whales.

Spectacular scenery, giant cedar trees, and sandy beach campsites make this one of our favorite destinations. An ideal ‘first-time’ environment new paddlers, yet offering enough variety for those with some experience.


Gabriola Sea Kayaking Broken Islands
Gabriola Sea Kayaking Broken Islands

No kayaking experience is required, although we do insist that you know how to swim and have a good fitness level.

All kayaking and safety equipment is provided, including dry bags. We’ll bring six single kayaks, two doubles and take turns paddling the variety of boats – Necky Teslas, Current Designs Solstive GTs, Arluk IIIs, Arluk IVs and Nimbus Telkwas.

Our group size is ten, including guides.

We paddle approximately 4 hours each day, leaving plenty of time for a hike in the woods,  or just relaxing on the beach. Weather and sea conditions will ultimately determine our route.

The Broken Group Islands offer both protected waters for the novice paddlers, and more challenging ocean conditions if the wind is up.  Weather permitting, paddlers will get an opportunity to paddle in the exposed west coast and get a taste of ocean swells.

For those interested in developing or improving their kayaking skills, our guides are always happy to provide paddling tips, practice rescues, or discuss the art of navigation.

As camping is limited to nine sites designated by Parks Canada (with fabulous solar composting outhouses!), come prepared to share campsites with other groups.


Broken Islands Kayaking Adventure

We rendezvous the night before our journey begins at Secret Beach Campground in Toquart Bay- approximately 50 miles west of Port Alberni.

People are responsible for getting to Toquart Bay – we can help arrange car pooling.

After a brief paddling introduction, we head out the first morning, returning early afternoon on the final day in time for people to catch ferries from Nanaimo returning to Vancouver.

We will break camp the majority of our traveling days, but have multiple route options in the Broken Islands, and keep our itinerary flexible.



Kayaking Dinner in the Broken Islands

We have found from past experience that the most economical, fun, and greatest variety of meals comes from when the food effort is shared (this also keeps our guides fresh!). Each person is responsible for the purchase and preparation of a share of group meals (typically two or three meals depending on group size).

We organize the meal schedule and can forward you some suggestions about what keeps and packs well if you wish.

Reserve your Broken Group Adventure

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A $200 non-refundable deposit reserves a space. Full payment due 60 days before trip start.  If you cancel, you’ll get your balance back unless it is 14 or fewer days before trip start, in which case we’ll refund you 50%.

Payments can be made by e-transfer or cheque.
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Cheques can be made out to Gabriola Sea Kayaking.  Send them to our Winter Office in Nanaimo – 1950 Bay St. Nanaimo BC V9T 3A5.

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Price Includes

  • All kayaking equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Two guides
  • Dry bags (one 20 litre bag per person)

Your guides will be using nautical chart  #3670 for the Broken Group available for roughly C$20.

Please visit  the Canadian Hydrographic Service website to find a location near you to purchase your chart if you would like to bring one along.

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to and from Toquart Bay
  • Camp site fees  – approx. $10/night.
    We facilitate on your behalf  with our  Parks Canada account.
  • We share meal purchase & preparation
    (meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast on the final day)
  • Accommodations the night before trip start
  • Tents (rentals available for $45 if you reserve well in advance)
  • Sleeping bag & camping mat
  • Your travel insurance for evacuation costs in the event of an emergency. Although really unlikely, we highly reccommend purchasing travel insurance. You will be billed for water taxi/helicopter or other transport costs.