broken island group kayaking

Sea Kayak Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago

Johnstone Strait and the Broughton Archipelago

6 days of Paddling

$899 + gst

Defined by the deep and narrow glacier carved passage of Johnstone Strait, flanked by the Vancouver Island Mountain Range on one side and the Broughton Archipelago and the peaks of the Coast Range on the other.

This cultural landscape of the Kwakawak ‘ wakw is rich in marine life black bears, otters, seals, Stellar sea lions, humpback and minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, eagles and a wide variety of bird life.

Our crossing of Johnstone Strait into the the Broughtons provides the opportunity to view one of the highest concentrations of Orca whales in North America.


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

All kayaking and safety equipment is provided, including dry bags. We take along 6 to 8 single kayaks: Necky Teslas, Current Designs Solstive GTs, Arluk IIIs, Arluk IVs and Nimbus Telkwas and 2 or 3 double kayaks – Passats, Skanas, Tofinos and take turns in a variety of boats.

Our maximum group size is 12, including guides, often group size is smaller.

We paddle approximately 2-4 hours each day, leaving plenty of time for exploring the shoreline, or just relaxing on the beach.

We will generally paddle and camp along the Vancouver Island side of Johnstone Strait and weather and sea conditions will ultimately determine our route.

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.

*Whales are wild animals. We cannot guarantee their presence, however our route and campsites  take us to one of the most likely spots in North America to view Killer Whales in the wild.

**Whale watching guidelines require us to remain 100 metres away from the animals we are viewing.

***Kayakers are not allowed in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve.


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We rendezvous early on day one of your trip at TELEGAPH COVE – approximately 5 hours or 200 miles north of Nanaimo.

People are responsible for getting themselves to TELEGAPH COVE the night before (e.g., to join July 15th trip, arrive in Zeballos on the 14th). We can help arrange car pooling.

There is a campground here where you can spend the night, or we can recommend lodgings.

We head out early the first morning. We plan to arrive back in TELEGRAPH COVE around noonish on the final day, in time for people to catch ferries out of Nanaimo returning to Vancouver.



Meals on Nootka

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 Nootka Adventure

15 + 4 =

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/outfitters
  • Dry bags (one 20 litre bag per person)

Your guides will be using nautical chart  #3 — for the Johnstone Strait, 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
  • 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.