Broken Group Island Trip

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by westcoastwill, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. westcoastwill

    westcoastwill Paddler

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    After circumnavigating Saltspring, Greg and me went to explore the Broken Group islands, Gregs first time, for me it was my 5th visit.

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    ready to go!

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    in Alberni channel

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    Frances F. Barkley nearing the Deer Group

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    Orcas in Trevor channel

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    Taxi anybody?

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    crossing Imperial Eagle Channel the easy way

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    the eagle has landed...

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    Camp Clarke I

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    "...lets go!"

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    Outside of Wower Island

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    a lazy bum, he should be in the open ocean feeding, like his buddies, in early fall a huge crowd of sealions are hanging out in the islands

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    at Dicebox, an island gem!

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    Effingham Island, stack & arch

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    Kelp anchor in protection of Austin

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    bad foto from that humpback, he was feeding just in front of my kayak off Clarke

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    June 1st, Clarke sunrise

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    Camp Clarke II

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    early morning paddle around Turret Island and Coaster channel

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    a guided group from Sechart lodge

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    all quiet again

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    we got visitors! our friends Jim & Teresa dropped by with the kids!

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    fun on the beach

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    Prawn traps..

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    what a catch!

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    guess who is comming for dinner tonite!

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    lots of work

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    what can i say?

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    we ate them all!

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    Jim & Teresa are spoiling us!

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    the visit was the highlight of the trip, an outstanding family and great friends!

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    after all the food, some serious long distance paddling was on the agenda for the next day

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    what are they talking about?

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    infamous blue barrel, they are on allmost every beach!

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    stuck at low tide again

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    the usual mess on the kitchen table

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    after a gale warning got issued, we relocated to Gibraltar Island

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    even on the 6th day, we had lots of veggies left, thanks to the cold weather!

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    i went for an evening paddle

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    Gregs gourmet oysters!

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    somebody must be at service in the Trangia church

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    our last full day in the Broken Group

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    to make the most of the day, i decided to do an all island loop, left Gibraltar, went out to Demster, up to Effingham, crossed on the outside to Clarke, via Tricket to Willis and Dodd, throu the Brabant Islands to Hand, crossed Peackock Channel to the lagoon between Jarvis & Jaques (barley made it into the lagoon, it was a race against the tide!) and back to Gibraltar.

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    our last breakfast on Gibraltar

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    demobilizing the camp

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    short break in the Tiny group

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    the blue guys are everywhere!

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    the Barkley en route to Ucluelet

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    our last paddle strokes

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    back at Sechart

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    waiting for the ship

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    ready for loading

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    "all hands on board!

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    last view of the Broken Group: "I´ll be back!"

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    Yours, truly
    Greg & Willi

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    again in Alberni channel

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    not the funniest part of the trip, but the job has to be done!

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    3 weeks of paddling, camping, meeting new and old friends passed by like crazy, on my 21st trip to the westcoast, all i can say is:

    Farewll B.C. and westcoastpaddler, i am looking forward for next year!

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    servus

    Willi
     
  2. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Excellent pictures Willi -- thanks for posting them.

    My daughter and I will be heading to the Broken Group in a few days -- I have one question -- did you find any sources of fresh water while you were there?

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  3. westcoastwill

    westcoastwill Paddler

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    Thanks for your comment, Dan!

    there is fresh water on Clarke, just follow the trail behind the chimmney stack to a concrete dam, the water seems to be quite dark, but after filtering it should be ok.

    at Willis campground is a small creek

    at Gibraltar is also water, Astoriadave knows the details

    and in Sechart at the Kayak shed, you can fetch water from the washrooms, i guess the most reliable source of clean water.

    how are you getting there?

    if you need accomodation in Port Alberni: stay at the "Roses B&B" i really can recommend the place and Al, the owner will drive you down to the pier in the morning after breakfast and you can park the car at this palce for free.
    he will pick you up on return also.

    http://www.bbexpo.com/theroses/default.html

    hope this helps, have a great time out there!

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    servus

    Willi
     
  4. stevenf

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    Fantastic photos. Pictures like this are the reason the Broken Group is so crowded! Glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing them.
     
  5. Astoriadave

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    willi,

    Great pictures.

    I can see you guys travel in my style, and paddle on days when others might not, but I will!

    If I can be assured the cult of Trangia will not rob me of my brains, I think I will join the crazy Europeans next year. :lol:

    BTW, that front which moved in as you were getting ready to leave was just the beginning. We got pretty wet over in the Deer Group about that time, and had three more come through afterward. We were fortunate to get in some good paddles in between.

    Second BTW, your friends with the prawn trap: how deep were they set? My paddling buddy is nuts about prawns and thinks he can get them in 80 feet of water. I keep telling him they are much deeper, but he is unrepentant.
     
  6. greg0rn

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    I too, strongly recommend Roses B&B in Port Alberni. Very reasonable rooms, excellent breakfast, good prices, and delivery/pickup service to Lady Rose dock. Actually, staying there before the departure makes the whole trip to Broken Group so much easier! Al - the owner has the whole experience with Broken Group transportation professionally synchronized.
     
  7. RichardH

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    Wow.. sweet trip report! The one with the shallow, transparent blue water really makes me want to see it for myself. Great seeing all the pictures!

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  8. greg0rn

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    Yes, we were fortunate and avoided most of the rain. The weather was mostly good, but camping on Clarke was a cold wind from S/W experience.

    Prawns like it deep; 300' is about right. In Broken Group water is normally much shallower, but the locals know the right holes. My estimate is that the traps were in about 250' of water.

    We could release UTM coordinates for the right catch share - Willi is the team negotiator. :)
     
  9. Batstar

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    Once again, awesome photos Willi! 8) Looks like another epic trip in the BG and glad to see that you guys were able to claim the scenic spot on Clarke.

    Sorry we missed you but hope to hook up with you again sometime soon. :)
     
  10. Maddie

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    Wow! Very nice pictures! I especially like the ones with the whales... that is just so cool. Seeing all of your pictures makes me all the more excited for our upcoming trip to the Broken Group in a few days. :D
     
  11. Dan_Millsip

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    We'll be paddling over from Toquart Bay -- in a few hours. :D

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  12. Monster

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    Looking good you guys, and love that 60CSx stand, is that something you rigged yourself or something you can purchase? I could really use something like that.

    Bravo on the pics!