Posted by: cherylyoung | March 17, 2012

You can never get enough of the parks and beaches on Vancouver Island

You can never get enough of the parks

and beaches on Vancouver Island B.C

  The Broken Group Islands Unit consists of over

100 islands,  islets and rocky outcrops scattered in the

centre of Barkley  Sound, between Loudoun Channel

and Imperial Eagle Channel.

This unit totals 10,607 hectares, of which only 1,350

hectares is land.

The larger of the forested islands are Effingham,

Turret, Turtle, Dudd, Jacques, Nettle and Gibraltar Island.

The Broken Group is known internationally for

awesome kayaking  and wilderness camping enjoyed by

organized adventurers seeking escape to the remote

and desolate islands within the park.

Natural features of this tranquil group of islands include

lagoons, sandbars, blowholes, arches and secluded


Ancient native middens, village fortifications, stone

fishtraps and archaeological sites stimulate the

imagination of visitors  to this traditional territory

of the Nuu-chah-nulth people.

Canoe and kayak access to the Broken Group Islands from

Bamfield  or Ucluelet is not recommended due to the

exposed  passages.

Boaters and ocean paddlers can access the Broken Group

Islands via Toquart Bay in northwest Barkley Sound.

The unsigned road turnoff is located about 12 km

northeast  of the junction of Highway 4 and the Tofino-

Ucluelet Highway.

A BC recreation campsite is located at Toquart Bay on the

North side of Barkley Sound providing a boat launch for

access to the islands.

The popular Torquart Bay Recreation Campsite sees a

lot of traffic from kayakers heading over to the Broken Islands.

There are about 15 oceanside open tent sites, as well as

RV areas, a cement boat launch, and lovely south-facing

sand beaches.

There is a parking fee for those who wish to park at the

site but not camp there.

From Port Alberni follow the Tofino Highway 4 for

about 50 miles (80 kms).

Turn left at the sign for Torquart Bay on to the Maggie

Lake Forest Service Road and follow it for 15.5 km.

The MV Frances Barkley will transport paddlers, kayaks

and canoes to Sechart, on the fringe of the

Broken Group Islands.

The passenger and cargo vessel travels between

Port Alberni, the Broken Group Islands, Ucluelet and

Bamfield during the spring, summer and fall,

      The West Coast Trail Unit of the park includes the

section of coast southeast of Barkley Sound between the

villages of Bamfield and Port Renfrew.

This 25,640 hectare strip contains the 75 kilometre

historic West Coast Trail, originally constructed for the

rescue of unfortunate mariners shipwrecked off the

treacherous west coast of Vancouver Island.

   This internationally acclaimed hiking trail largely

retraces an old telegraph route first established in 1890,

and follows a rugged shoreline where approximately

66 ships have met their demise along this stretch of the

”Graveyard of the Pacific”.

The old telegraph line once connected Victoria with

Cape Beale near present day Bamfield.

Shipwreck survivors followed the rough and arduous trail

in either direction, finding shelter in wooden cabins

constructed at intervals along the route.

·         The land of the West Coast Trail unit is temperate

coastal rainforest dominated by old-growth spruce,

hemlock and cedar.

Some of the tallest and largest trees in Canada grow along

the West Coast Trail and in the adjacent Carmanah

Walbran Provincial Park.

The topography of the region features natural wonders

like the Hole-in-the-Wall, a natural sandstone arch carved

by relentless wave action over time, the Tsusiat Falls

at the mouth of the Tsusiat River, the Nitinat Lakes and

Narrows and countless caves, creeks, coves, tidal pools

and rocky headlands.

·         Recreation is decidedly of the wilderness variety!

The merits of hiking the challenging West Coast Trail are

known around the world.

Of equal stature in the paddling world is the Nitinat

Triangle Canoe Route, a gruelling battle against the

wilderness, winds and extensive portages.

Access to the West Coast Trail unit of the park is via

the trailheads at Bamfield and Port Renfrew.

    * The weather in the Pacific Rim area has a profound

effect on any planned activities, as precipitation along

the west coast of Vancouver Island is amongst the heaviest

in the world.

Match the season with your desired activity, and come

prepared for rain, awe-inspiring winter storms and

glorious sunshine!

Visit the Park Information Centre for information

on all Visitor Services.








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