The Broughton Archipelago’s 200+ islands are wedged against the Coast Mountains and encompass BC's second largest marine park, (Hakai is the largest). Cold ocean currents funneling through the narrow passages between the northern end of Vancouver Island and the BC coast concentrate food which supports a very rich and diverse marine ecosystem so it is not uncommon unheard of to see humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, eagles and thousands of calling birds all in the same day.
The northern border of the Broughton Archipelago defines the southern most border of famed Great Bear Rainforest. If you wish you can fish for salmon, halibut, ling cod, prawns and crabs with excellent chances of acquiring the ingredients for Becky to prepare the evenings meal. Telegraph Cove and First Nations villages like Alert Bay provide a great backdrop to learn about the culture and rich history of this area. For a true splurge, if you like, we can tie up at the luxury outpost at Nimmo Bay Resort and you can dine on an exquisite meal prepared by professional chefs who cater to movie stars. A stop over at the nearby Burdwood Group Conservancy islands is another opportunity to break out kayaks and SUP boards. In terms of simple visual beauty the Burdwoods are tailor made for small vessels. On hot sunny summer days the pristine clear waters and white sandy beaches may make you feel like you are in the tropics. Trips in and around the Broughton Archipelago can start at and end at Telegraph Cove. This small and charming seaside village is rated by Harrowsmith magazine as one of the ten best towns in Canada to visit. It's historic wooden buildings cling to a wooden boardwalk that lines one side of a tiny cove. Here, you can experience what it was like living in one of the many sawmill or fish cannery villages that flourished on the coast in the early 1900s. The Whale Musuem is also very good, as is the pub. After a visit here you will understand why the year round population of 20 balloons to 1200 in the summer months. In Alert Bay on nearby Comorant Island you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs by hiking around the island. Or for a shorter trip a boardwalk leads along the waterfront toward U’Mista Cultural Centre. You will not want to miss this if you have any interest in the cultural heritage of the First Nations of the BC coast and specifically the Kwakwa_kaʼwakw tribal group who have this area as their ancestral and modern day home. They have inhabited this area for millennia.
& the Discovery Islands
This is another world famous cruising and kayaking destination area, and for good reason. It is located generally around Cortes Island and south of the Broughton Archipelago. BC's most spectacular fjords Such as But Inlet are found here, and there is much wilderness to explore. Some of the best fishing on the BC coast is found here as well. An additional bonus is that some of BC's warmest waters are also located in this treasured area. .