Enjoy a culturally rich, five-day trip among the wild and beautiful North Vancouver islands of British Columbia. Expand your horizons and master the basics of kayaking in the hands of your experienced guides. From Port McNeill we bring you to your comfortably rustic oceanfront accommodations at the Paddler's Inn on Simoom Sound, your homebase for this Broughton Archipelago adventure.
Along the way, you'll experience a taste of ancient aboriginal history, rich storytelling and a tour of historic Telegraph Cove. Catch a glimpse of whales and other marine life and take in the ocean breeze on the way to your destination. We'll help you push your limits while exploring the waters between the islands of the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park by kayak, observing wildlife on the coasts, and hiking near the lodge. Kick back at the end of each day with a relaxing massage, happy hour drinks with friends, and a hot meal in the comfort of the lodge with your guides and fellow travelers.
On the evening before the trip, there will be an orientation meeting with your trip leader at the Haida Way Motor Inn lobby in Port McNeill at 7:00 PM. At this time, we will go over any questions, issue wetsuit booties for your feet and hand out the dry bags in which to pack your personal gear. If you are a late arrival, we’ll leave your bags at the front desk along with a welcome letter. The hotel has a restaurant where you can eat dinner and breakfast.
Our five-day adventure will begin with a short drive from Port McNeill to Telegraph Cove. Once in Telegraph Cove your knowledgeable guides will take you on an educational tour of the historic marina. Step back in time as we explore the salted boardwalks of this rustic and quaint community which once employed a lumber mill and salmon saltery. The cove earned its present name when it served as a Telegraph relay station during WWII, many of the buildings remaining are from this era. We will also visit the whale museum, where you can get your first glimpse of the incredible marine life you may encounter during your trip.
After the tour, we'll take you on the final leg of our first day's voyage to the Paddler's Inn, which takes approximately two hours. On the way, you'll be able to spot whales and other marine animals from the decks and breath in the fresh ocean air. After you've found your rooms, your guides will show you around the lodge and help acquaint you with the kayaking skills you'll be using over the next few days. Feel free to cap off your day with a relaxing massage, courtesy of the lodge owner, Bruce.
Today, you'll have all day to practice those kayaking skills as you head out to traverse the network of islands and channels that are the Broughton Archipelago Provincial Marine Park with your guides. Be prepared for breathtaking views as you paddle the quiet coves, past densely-treed shorelines and through secretive passages. Prepare to spend a couple of hours paddling this morning until you reach a beach site for lunch. Feel free to use this stop as an opportunity to hike around the area or check out the culturally modified landscape. Your guides will make sure the afternoon paddle gets you back to the lodge with time to spare for happy hour libations or a massage before dinner.
Today is full of fun options for exploration and learning! In the morning you will take to the water for more kayaking; see if you can spot any of the black bears, eagles, and seals that make their homes along the coastline. Our knowledgeable guides will provide interpretive talks throughout the day sharing the rich culture and history of the area. When the day's activities begin to wind down, you should still have plenty of time for an invigorating massage or drinks with friends before dinner. Sneak back down to the docks after dark to take in the splendid show in the sky. On dark nights dip your hand into the water and take in the magical glowing bio-luminescence. Snuggle into bed for a restful last night at the lodge.
With plenty of free time this morning before departure, you could easily take a hike near the lodge, take a leisurely stroll to a museum for a look at local artifacts, or even take the kayak out for a final outing on the water. We'll be returning to Telegraph Cove by boat in the early afternoon, but the captain will likely stretch out the return voyage, especially if you and your companions spot whales and other marine creatures in the area. At Port McNeill, there are accommodations if you decide you'd like to spend an extra night to relax and watch the whales, or view local grizzly bears before saying farewell the following day.
Dates & Rates
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|Jun 10, 2017 to Sep 01, 2017 |
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Custom departures available June - September for groups of 6 or more
- Full service of our Adventure Consultants
- All transportation while on tour
- All kayaking and camping equipment
- All meals while on tour
- Certified, professional guides
- Travel to and from Port McNeill
- Hotel before and after the tour
- 5% Canadian GST
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This trip is a perfect fit for families with kids as young as age seven. Though an active trip, the pace will be appropriate for the whole family and our guides will tailor activities to meet the interests of all age groups.
If a full day of kayaking is in order, expect to paddle for about four hours. You'll generally paddle about two hours in the morning, stop for a long lunch break, and then paddle again in the afternoon. Most days on this itinerary are a blend of kayaking, hiking, natural history, or aboriginal tours, so the actual amount will vary by day and by group.
The Paddlers Inn is a charming lodge near Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. These wilderness accommodations are simple, with shared bathrooms and cozy rooms, but are perfect for relaxing after a day enjoying this beautiful coastal area. Perks include hot showers, a sauna, and of course, you can arrange on-site massages to ease out the aches and pains of adventure! It's a piece of paradise in the middle of nowhere.
We can take between 4 and 10 guests on this tour. The group size will depend on the makeup of the parties in relation to the available rooms.