7 Day Broughton Archipelago Mothership Tour (134.213)

Location: Johnstone Strait
Price: $3795.00
Duration: 7 days/6 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Port McNeill
Accomodations: Boat
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Novice
Nearest Town/Village: Port Hardy Airport
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sheets
  • Group hydrophone
  • Bedding, towels, all meals & paddling equipment.
Exclusions: Personal wet weather gear
Guest Parking: Yes Details:
First Nations:
Additional Information:
This kayak tour provides the ideal combination of stunning coastal wilderness paddling and spectacular wildlife viewing (gallery). With the Mothership\'s onboard accommodation, we can easily travel to the untouched corners of the Broughton Archipelago (usually inaccessible by expedition kayakers) and position ourselves in \"the right place at the right time\" for the most unforgettable wildlife encounters.rnrnAll inclusive tour: award winning, luxury heritage vessel, gourmet food, wine, hot showers, MOT certified crew and vessel, and certified kayak guides.The 68\' ship for this tour was completely refurbished in the early 1990\'s with great attention to detail and passenger enjoyment. From her wheelhouse with the latest navigational electronics to the large, covered aft-deck, she is immaculate and the woodworking throughout is of the finest quality. The gleaming exterior, polished brass, spacious dining room rich in varnished mahogany and modern galley invite you aboard while six lovely staterooms, three heads (toilets), and two showers with plenty of hot water ensure your comfort.


  • Day

    Departing from Port McNeill after boarding at 6 p.m. we'll spend our first night on the Mothership at the historic BC First Nation's coastal village of Alert Bay. Here we'll take an evening walk to the beautiful seaside graveyard totems and the next morning visit the renowned U'mista Cultural Center famous for it's Potlatch Collection. This sets the tone for our coming week in Kwakwaka'wakw territory as we paddle the sparkling mazelike passages amongst islands back- dropped by the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains.

    Accomodation: Boat

  • Day

    Heading out into the Broughton Archipelago, we keeping our eyes out for wildlife. When we reach our destination, we will review kayak orientation and safety procedures before setting off for an afternoon paddle.

    Once on the water we'll keep a sharp lookout for both marine and terrestrial life. Bald eagles overhead, ravens calling, harbour seals swimming close to check us out, black bears foraging on the beach, a humpback whale blowing, Pacific white-sided dolphins playing in the waves, are all common sights from our kayaks in the Broughton. And of course we are always on the lookout for the orca. We carry a hydrophone aboard the boat and can listen to the whale's vocalizations. as well as watching and photographing them Back onboard, we'll have a delicious lunch as we cruise towards the Broughton Archipelago keeping our eyes out for wildlife. When we reach our destination, we will review kayak orientation and safety procedures before setting off for an afternoon paddle.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Boat

  • Day

    Day 3-6: Each morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will launch our brightly coloured kayak flotilla and begin our day of exploring the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago. Every day will bring a new array of stunning sights and surprises.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Boat

  • Day

    A typical day's paddle begins shortly after a scrumptious breakfast. Once on the water we’ll keep a sharp lookout for wildlife that we are likely to see include, orca, pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, harbour seals, sea-lions, black bears foraging on the beach and the majestic bald eagle perched in a tree. Lunches will be savored on one of the many beaches throughout the archipelago, each with a spectacular view and often on an ancient First Nations village site. Afternoons will be spent paddling, snoozing on a sunny beach or relaxing aboard the ship. Walking in the rainforest, visiting a salmon river estuary, whale watching from the ship.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Boat

  • Day

    We're always on the lookout for orca and carry a hydrophone onboard to listen to this mammal's vocalizations.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Boat

  • Day

    At lunch we’ll pull our kayaks ashore on a grassy islet or at an ancient First Nation’s village site and relax while we enjoy a delicious meal. The Broughton Archipelago had the highest concentration of First Nation’s peoples on all of the coast due to the richness of the sea and therefore the abundance of food. Shell middens, pictographs, clam digging beaches and burial sites are evident as we paddle through this area. Later in the afternoon we’ll meet the Columbia III in a different bay or cove, never needing to backtrack. A big advantage of mothershipping! There are always two guides with the group, so if some guests are energetic and want more time on the water and others are ready to return to the mothership, we can often accommodate both.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Boat

  • Day

    This is our last morning to enjoy the peaceful environment of the Broughton Archipelago. We will choose between a last paddle, or if the orca are in the area, we may spend some time whale watching from the ship as we make our way back to Port McNeill. We will serve a last lunch along the way. Our approximate return time is between 1pm and 3 pm but please note that this cannot always be guaranteed as the weather and wildlife will play a role in determining when we get back.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


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From Our Blog

"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself.

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