2018 North Broughton Nomad is a six-day sea kayak adventure that takes you on a journey through the entire length of the Broughton Marine Park. This adventure is a classic that takes in heaps of wildlife sightings, native culture and a blend of kayaking sheltered and exposed waters that surround the Park.
Highlights include six days of camping/sea kayaking through a maze of island and islets featuring spontaneous wildlife encounters. And three days of sea kayaking open waters featuring time spent experiencing whales, sea lions and a large variety of marine mammals on route to established camping sites. You will experience the sounds of whales, eagles, raven and seals from your tent site. Summer days are long and end with a colorful display on light that sometimes goes on for hours. Most people call this sunset but we call it never ending colour shows. Cameras are a must of all our trips especially these trips. These trips take in the true wilderness areas of the Broughton Marine Park. And offer you six days to build your sea kayak skills in waters full of active wildlife.
TRIP DEPARTURE DATES
Group Rates: starts @ CA$5200 group of four
Trip Deposit: CA$250 per person
TRIP ITINERARY NORTH BROUGHTON
Arrival Day: Arrival in Port McNeill is usually late in the day because of the travel distance or the plane connections to Comox Valley Airport. Your guides will meet you at our shop at Suite B 455 Pioneer Drive. Port McNeill @7:30 pm the evening before your departure date. The meeting is scheduled to introduce you to your guides and do a gear check, fit a PFD, try a paddle and familiarize you with a sea kayak. We will also go over the route we will taking on the marine chart of the area.
DAY 1: CRUISE TO NORTH EXTENT OF THE BROUGHTONS
Meet at 8:00 am out front of the Tourist Information Centre Port McNeill, BC and leave the dock shortly after 8 am giving us lots of time to stop and catch a sighting of whales ( humpback,orca,minke, sperm) in the waters we cross. Around 10 am we arrive at our destination. Catch a bit, stow gear and get on the water for a day of paddling. You never know what you are going to get the first day. In past trips we have had 80 + white-sided Dolphins put on a spectacular show for us. Or had eagle swoop down and snag a fish out of the water right in front of the kayaks. As the day progresses we catch lunch on a sheltered beach and drop-in on a local legend to round our day out. We return to our arrival point in time for a hour of relaxing before dinner. Salmon Dinner. EB
DAY 2: PADDLING THROUGH THE HEART OF THE NORTH BROUGHTON
Our first travelling day this morning. After a quick breakfast we set out to explore the passages and clusters of islands that make up the North Broughton Area. You better be ready for a great deal of wildlife sightings and quaint encounters with harbour seals, river otters and other critters who co-habitat together. Opportunities for great pictures and moments of inspiration are what this day is all about. We cover some 6-8 kms before we are in the area of our next camp. Camp actually remains hidden until you are right upon it. This afternoon we setup camp and enjoy happy hour around a small beach fire giving the guides time to prep dinner. It just be a night for star gazing. It does not get dark during the summers in the Broughton unil 10 pm.
DAY 3: PADDLING THROUGH THE HEART OF NORTH BROUGHTON
Today is our second traveling day. You will wait up to the sounds of birds and water fowl in front of camp. We will have the coffee going early this morning. Once underway we face a day of paddling shelters shorelines, large passages and finally open water with clusters of islets and islands within 1 km of one another. Often Kingfishers are chatty along our route and don’t be surprised if a harbour seal follows your kayak for most of the day. We take time to explore the visible marine life in the area, maybe even catch a fish along our travels. Expect to see eagles, sea lions and small harbour porpoise in the water we paddle today. Arrival at camp is late afternoon, just in time for a late lunch and the rest of afternoon for getting used to being on your own islet on the edge of Open water. You will sleep to the sounds of whales in the distance tonight. Mexican Dinner Night and a small fire to warm you spirit.
DAY 4: PADDLING THROUGH THE HEART OF BROUGHTON
Layover day with a morning paddle to visit a nearby seal sea lion rookery. Get some good pictures of wildlife today. The paddling is moderate but we might do a full day of exploring small cove and shallow spots. Catch lunch on a stretch of rock out of the wind but with a commanding visit of open water and where we are heading tomorrow. Don’t be surprised if the harbour seals follow you all the way back to camp. Afternoon activities will include a visit to native beaches and a place where we can stretch our legs in amongst some BIG RED CEDAR TREES. Many different passages will be explored with the chance of seeing bears on beaches, deer and otters foraging for food. Have a late happy hour and pasta dinner. End the day with a small beach fire and a chat about what we say today and what we will see tomorrow. A night for star gazing if you up for it.
DAY 5: PADDLING INTO SOUTH BROUGHTON
Early start to the day today! Longest paddle through scenic passages and crossing to the next camp. Day starts with a slow entry into a large passage with some waves and current to help us make the short crossing. The next group of islets we navigate present with rugged bluffs, deep clear water and a amazing among of marine life. After about an hour of paddling we enter into the waters where summer humpback whale forage and play. There is a large amount of feed for the humpbacks in this area, so stay alert. We will catch lunch in the islets where the seals and eagles hangout. By early afternoon we will be island hopping towards our next camp, whale watching and if your up for it a little fishing. Arrival at camp will be early. Late afternoon will be spend looking around camp and resting to see if we can catch a fun interaction with the eagles that nest closeby. Early spagetti dinner and some down time watching the sunset before bed.
DAY 6: PADDLING SOUTH BROUGHTON
AM pack up gear, sea kayak amongst small islets and islands. Visit seal rookery and waters frequent by local wildlife. After a relaxing lunch we will load our shuttle boat and begin our voyage (we stop for whales) back to Port McNeill, arriving late afternoon 4:00 pm)
Note: This Itinerary will be done in reverse if accommodations are not available on the first night.