Tour Overview

The Broken Group Islands of Barkley Sound are located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. They are an internationally renowned sea kayaking destination and part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Natural features of this beautiful archipelago of more than one hundred islands include lagoons, sandbars, blowholes, sea caves, arches, white sandy beaches and quiet coves.

Explore the intricate calm waterways of the inner islands by sea kayak, and experience the thrill of open ocean waves, swells and the towering cliffs of the outer islands. Enjoy beach combing, hiking and tide pool exploring – all adding to the fun and adventure of your trip.

Learn about the rich cultural history of the Broken Group Islands and visit the ancient middens, village fortifications, stone fish traps and archaeological sites in the traditional territory of the Tseshaht First Nation who have inhabited this area for thousands of years.

The Broken Group Islands boast an incredible diversity of marine life, from migrating whales to colourful intertidal creatures; a rich and unspoiled area only accessible by boat, it offers a truly unforgettable kayaking experience.

Tour Itinerary

Day prior: The day before your tour we would like you to meet us at our kayaking base at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. We will fit you for your paddling equipment, check that you have everything you need, give you dry bags to put your clothes in and offer packing advice.

If you cannot make it to meet us the day before your tour, please be sure to let us know in advance so that we may make the necessary arrangements.

Day 1: We meet at 8:00 am at 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet. Complimentary parking at Majestic Kayaking during your kayak trip. We travel together by boat to a sheltered beach in the Broken Group Islands, where we launch our kayaks for the trip. Here we unload our equipment and guide you through how to pack the kayaks. From the onset of our trip you will be well informed on how to use and care for the equipment. After an equipment orientation, there will be lessons to teach you the basic fundamentals of ocean kayaking as well as a safety talk before we set off to paddle the Broken Group Islands. We always travel as a group and stay close together, traveling at a moderate pace. Our arrival time at camp depends on the physical ability of the group and the weather conditions we experience. We will stop at a sandy beach for a gourmet picnic lunch and after a bit more exploring we will arrive at our camp. Your guides will help you locate an appropriate tenting spot and assist you in getting organized and settled. Sometimes we keep our camp in one location for the duration of the trip and do day trips from the site, other times we may choose to move the camp during the trip.

Day 2 and 3: After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast we head off for our first full day of paddling. Your guides will choose the exact route and itinerary, making adjustments according to weather conditions and to suit the needs of the group. We try to organize our trips to satisfy both active adventurers and those looking for a relaxing vacation. We hope you will agree that we have found the right balance. After a few hours of exploring we will stop for lunch and a short rest before continuing with a couple more hours of paddling in the afternoon. In the evening you will have some time to explore, read or relax while your guides prepare a delicious dinner. There will be an opportunity to gather around a campfire to share stories and get to know your paddling partners a little better. (Campfires are subject to seasonal regulations.)

Day 4: After taking down our camp and enjoying your last delicious breakfast, re-packing the kayaks, we begin the paddle to Secret Beach at Toquaht Bay, with lunch along the way, we plan to land at the beach around 3:00 pm. Our van and trailer will be there to shuttle you to Ucluelet and the Majestic Kayaking base. We guarantee that guests will be back in Ucluelet at the Majestic Kayaking Base by 5:00 pm

Food & Recipes
A gourmet lunch is served on your tour. There will be plenty of food, including custom-made sandwiches with smoked meat on fresh bread or bun, veggies & dip, fresh fruit, granola bars, lemonade or tea, and one of our famous kayak kookies.
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What Is Included?

- Fiberglass touring kayaks with rudders. (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request, for more advanced kayakers)
- Lightweight, fibreglass paddles. These do off set for feathering if you prefer
- Neoprene Sprayskirts by Seaward Kayaks
- Neoprene gloves from MEC
- Comfortable, Salus Marine Wear life jackets (PFD’s)
- Paddle jackets by Level6
- Wetsuits from NRS and Brooks
- Pumps
- 3 dry bags per person, a 5 litre, 20 litre and 30 litre
- Laminated marine charts for each guest to follow along while on the tour and then to keep as a souvenir
- REI Taj 3 and Mountain Hardwear tents; These tents are roomy enough for 3 people, but great for 2 people to share with plenty of moving around space. A door and vestibule on each side allows for easy entry and storage of dry bags
- Big tarps for the kitchen and group sitting area
- Propane Stoves, all kitchen equipment
- Fresh water brought from town, 3 litres per person per day is our provision
- Toilet Paper
- A hand wash station, with clean towels and biodegradable soap
- All the safety equipment and first aid kit carried by the guide
- Campfire on the beach every night (subject to conditions)

What Is Not Included?

- Fiberglass touring kayaks with rudders. (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request, for more advanced kayakers)
- Lightweight, fibreglass paddles. These do off set for feathering if you prefer
- Neoprene Sprayskirts by Seaward Kayaks
- Neoprene gloves from MEC
- Comfortable, Salus Marine Wear life jackets (PFD’s)
- Paddle jackets by Level6
- Wetsuits from NRS and Brooks
- Pumps
- 3 dry bags per person, a 5 litre, 20 litre and 30 litre
- Laminated marine charts for each guest to follow along while on the tour and then to keep as a souvenir
- REI Taj 3 and Mountain Hardwear tents; These tents are roomy enough for 3 people, but great for 2 people to share with plenty of moving around space. A door and vestibule on each side allows for easy entry and storage of dry bags
- Big tarps for the kitchen and group sitting area
- Propane Stoves, all kitchen equipment
- Fresh water brought from town, 3 litres per person per day is our provision
- Toilet Paper
- A hand wash station, with clean towels and biodegradable soap
- All the safety equipment and first aid kit carried by the guide
- Campfire on the beach every night (subject to conditions)

What Should You Bring?

- 4 polyester shirts
- 1 light fleece sweater
- 1 heavier wool sweater or fleece jacket
- 1 or 2 light Gore-tex or nylon pants
- 1 or 2 polyester shorts
- Shoes (sandals, sneakers, neoprene booties or rubber boots)
- Socks (not cotton)
- Underwear (not cotton)
- Wool hat or toque
- Gloves or mittens
- Rain jacket & pants
- Rain hat
- Spare prescription glasses with safety cord or contact lenses.
- Personal medication
- Cycling gloves (optional to protect soft hands)
- Swim suit
- Stuff sack or light pack for small items
- Water bottle (we do provide them but you may like to bring your own)
- Sun visor or sun hat
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen/lip salve
- Insect repellant – (we don’t have many bugs)
- Binoculars
- Small flashlight or headlamp
- Towel and toiletries
- Baby wipes (for tent bath)
- Sleeping bag (synthetic, no cotton or down)
- Sleeping pad (closed cell or thermarest)
- Sleeping bags & pads for rent $30.00 per trip

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Safety Promise

Majestic Ocean Kayaking has been leading tours on the west coast of Vancouver Island since 1993. Our kayak guides are well-equipped, trained, and practiced in the use of a variety of safety equipment and procedures. We hold all the required permits set out by Parks Canada and BC Parks, and are always respectful of their guidelines for operation. Our guides are all experienced kayakers, highly qualified, and certified to the standards required by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, including current wilderness first aid certification. They are all experienced outdoors people who lead and participate in their own trips and adventures in the off season. They know the best areas to paddle, and also the tricks of our weather.

All of our guests will be given a demonstration of our equipment, a lesson on basic paddling strokes and skills, and an explanation of safety procedures. We provide our guests with all the necessary equipment to outfit a kayak safely, including a PFD, sprayskirt and pump. Your guide will lead the tour and is in charge of safety at all times. We travel as a group and always stay close together; any guests having difficulty paddling will receive extra assistance. Our guides are experienced at leading tours to suit both novice and experienced paddlers alike, ensuring that everyone will enjoy their tour.

The Majestic Way

Majestic Ocean Kayaking guests venture here from around the world to see what British Columbia kayaking is all about, and to experience one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We are a first class destination for international nature lovers, situated within our coastal temperate rainforest and amongst incredibly diverse wildlife.

Majestic Ocean Kayaking tours range from short harbour explorations to multiday adventures; all catered with delicious gourmet meals prepared by our in-house chef. Our ocean kayaking tours allow guests to explore the rugged beauty of the west coast and to share our passion for paddling, wildlife, great food and good company.

Our trips are fun and educational, with a conscious regard for safety and for our environmental impact on the land and water at all times. As stewards of these precious ecosystems, we set an example by closely following national park policies, as well as our own high ethical standards, in order to minimize our impact on the environment.

In all aspects of our business, from our kayaking tours, guides, office staff, food, landscaping, and our purchasing decisions, we are constantly striving to improve and make our practices more sustainable and environmentally sound. We welcome all feedback and suggestions. Best known for our personalized service and attention to detail, we strive to act with consciousness and compassion in our dealings with our guests, our employees and all our suppliers.

Pick up a paddle and find a bit of freedom for yourself - the adventure of a lifetime awaits!

Environmental Stewardship

At Majestic Ocean Kayaking, we take our role as environmental stewards seriously. We keep to established tent sites and trails, compost our food waste, and dispose of all garbage responsibly. We follow Leave-No-Trace principles in the backcountry, storing food out of reach of wildlife, and minimizing campfire impacts. We respect all wildlife that we encounter; keeping in mind that sightings are precious to our guests, but always maintaining a respectful and safe distance.

We are proud to support the work of local conservation and naturalist groups such as the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino Shorebird Society, the Central West Coast Forest Society and the Wild Pacific Trail. We regularly get our hands dirty by organizing and participating in beach cleanups in the areas that we visit. We are also very proud of our role as educators. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of the natural and cultural histories of the areas we work in, while teaching our guests about minimum impact philosophies and practices that they can carry forward to use in their own lives and travels.

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Daniel L
Daniel L
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4 days of paddling through the Broken Group Islands with Majestic is a unique experience not to be missed. Our guide, Rodrigo, shared his passion for this adventure with great enthusiasm. He was always there to help, making sure everyone was comfortable and safe. He was cooking every meal for us using fresh ingredients from day 1 to day 4. Dressings, toppings, sauces, desserts are all homemade, what a treat! (other kayakers were so jealous) The Broken Group Island scenery is breathtaking. After discussing the itinerary for the day, Rodrigo was taking us to so many hidden places, talking about the culture, history, marine life, and wildlife... What a learning experience, and fun at the same time. Everything was well organised and I can feel this is the result of teamwork. I am looking forward to next summer to book another tour with Majestic. Many thanks for this special adventure on the water.

Your Kayak Tour Of A Lifetime Awaits

Kayaking Ucluelet, Tofino, the Broken Group Islands and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, BC is truly majestic.