Dock Talk

Broken Group Islands

Canadian Princess Resort - August 23, 2013

The Broken Group Islands are a very special place.  This archipelago of islands and islets is nestled in Barkley Sound just south of Ucluelet.  There are hundreds of islands scattered here that shelter this area from the harsh weather that comes off of the open Pacific Ocean.  The area, which is protected by the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, is 10,607 hectares and only 1,350 hectares of that total make up land.

Imagine cruising by lagoons, sandbars, near sea arches and rocky headlands has your boat winds its way from one end of the Broken Group Islands to the other.  Whale watching tours that depart from the Canadian Princess Resort visit this natural wonderland.  This beautiful and remote place is easily accessible for everyone. 

You can expect to see a variety of wildlife in the islands including Stellar and California sea lions, seals, bald eagles and even intertidal life like starfish and anemones clinging to the rocky outcrops as you cruise by.  Bird life flourishes here, protected by the powerful elements of the sea, and it’s likely to view several species of gulls as well as stellar jays and mysterious blue herons.

The Broken Group Islands are the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation.  Although no one lives on the islands anymore, there is evidence that suggests people lived there nearly 4000 years ago!  Ancient native middens, village fortifications, old stone fish traps and other archaeological sites still remain to this day.  Can you image what life must have been like for the Nuu-chah-nulth who lived there all those years ago?

The Broken Group Islands area is also a popular destination for sea kayakers.  In fact, it is rated one of the most beautiful kayaking destinations in the world.  Keep your eyes out for these happy paddlers as they explore the sheltered waters and islands within the Broken Group.  There are wilderness campsites located on some of the islands so multi-day kayaking adventures are possible.

For more information on the Broken Group Islands, or to see them for yourself, talk to the front desk about booking your Whale Watching Tour or call us at 250-726-7771.

We hope to see you soon!

Amy