Sea Kayaking in the Broken Group Islands
The Broken Group is a group of small islands and islets in the middle of Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The group is protected as the Broken Islands Group Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The group lies between Imperial Eagle and Loudon Channels and includes Brabant Islands, Hand Island, but not Pinkerton Islands. The southernmost of the group is Cree Island, the easternmost is Reeks Island. Benson Island, on the northwest corner of the Broken Group, is an important cultural site for the Tseshaht First Nation.
- 51.5 km total distance paddled over the course of 2.5 days – 25 km of which was in the fog and the last 3 km in 4′ chop which was a little hairy.
- Wildlife: 1 black bear (came into the campground on night #1) 1 deer, 1 whale (not sure what kind because it breached just behind my kayak) 21 harbour seals, 1 otter, 2 fishers, 1 porpoise, 11 bald eagles and 1 snake – I thought this was odd on a remote outer island? Oh, and I heard wolves howling on morning # 1 too from my kayak. I’ve heard this before. It’s hard to say where they were because that sound travels great distances.