The Broken Group Islands

Port Alberni, British Columbia

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There are 8 official campsites in the Broken Group Islands, but the islands are so close together it is unlikely you will use them all on any one trip. Setting up a base camp and exploring for a few days is a popular option. Experienced paddlers will undoubtedly want to visit the outer islands, and staying at Gilbert, Clarke, Benson and Turret Islands will give you easy access to the open ocean. For beginner paddlers or those with children, the campsites on Hand, Willis, Dodd and Gibraltar Islands make great base camps for exploring some of the more sheltered waterways. The pounding surf and relentless swells of Vancouver Island’s west coast breed fear in the minds of many kayakers. Yet within Barkley Sound lie two clusters of islands that tame the ruggedness of the open ocean: the Broken Group Islands and the Deer Group. These are places where advanced paddlers can test their skills among outer islands and sea arches, and where beginners and families can discover the joys of ocean kayaking while drifting through a maze of protected coves and passages. Barkley Sound encompasses all that is special about the West Coast and lets everyone enjoy its treasures.

The Broken Group Islands Professional Review and Guide

"There are 8 official campsites in the Broken Group Islands, but the islands are so close together it is unlikely you will use them all on any one trip. Setting up a base camp and exploring for a few days is a popular option. Experienced paddlers will undoubtedly want to visit the outer islands, and staying at Gilbert, Clarke, Benson and Turret Islands will give you easy access to the open ocean. For beginner paddlers or those with children, the campsites on Hand, Willis, Dodd and Gibraltar Islands make great base camps for exploring some of the more sheltered waterways.

The pounding surf and relentless swells of Vancouver Island’s west coast breed fear in the minds of many kayakers. Yet within Barkley Sound lie two clusters of islands that tame the ruggedness of the open ocean: the Broken Group Islands and the Deer Group. These are places where advanced paddlers can test their skills among outer islands and sea arches, and where beginners and families can discover the joys of ocean kayaking while drifting through a maze of protected coves and passages. Barkley Sound encompasses all that is special about the West Coast and lets everyone enjoy its treasures."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Port Alberni
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 7 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 3671: Barkley Sound; 3670: Broken Group
Driving Directions: Directions to The Broken Group Islands

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May 2018