Posted by: cherylyoung | March 18, 2012

Barkley Sound and The Broken Group Islands B.C include hundreds of islands that are filled with some of the most remarkable sites on this planet

Barkley Sound and the Broken Group

 Islands comprise one of the three

main recreational components in

Pacific Rim National Park.

The popularity of these islands

with paddlers and boaters

has soared over the past decade,

much to the dismay of

longtime observers.

Barkley Sound lies south of Ucluelet and north of

Bamfield on the west coast of Vancouver Island

,covering an area of approximately 800

squarekilometres that includes hundreds of islands,

non eof which is larger than 2 kilometres across.The sound was explored and named in 1787 by

Capt.Charles William Barkley of the Imperial Eaglea

British Trading vessel sailing under


.Barkley was accompanied by his 17-year-old bride,

Frances, the first white woman to see BritishColumbia.The ease with which less-experienced sea kayaker

scan reach the Broken Group Islands on the

 MVFrances  Barkley from Port Alberni and Ucluelet

contributes greatly to their allure and charm.

The best paddling is from April to October, and if

you must visit during the peak season in July and

August be sure to reserve space for your kayak

orcanoe on deck well in advance.
Consider adventuring here in any month other

 thanJuly and August, particularly if you value solitude.Kayakers usually begin their exploration at Gibraltar

Island and make their way through the chain,

stopping at campsites on Gilbert, Clarke, Turret,

Willis, andHand Islands.
All of these sites are easily reached within a day’s

paddle (or less) of each other.
Camping is also allowed on Gibraltar Island

andDodd Island.Numerous kayak operators lead tours through th

eBroken Group Islands.
Camping was discontinued on Benson Island inMay

 2009 out of respect for its cultural significance.
Archaeological research dates traditional use of

Benson Island for over 5,000 years.Tseshaht First Nation’s oral traditions name this

siteas their origin place where the first Tseshaht

 man(Naasiya’atu) and woman (Naasayilhim)

It became the site of their principal villageof Ts’ishaa.

It is from this village that the Tseshaht derive their

name, as Tseshaht literally means “people ofTs’ishaa”.

Visitors are encouraged to visit Benson Island

during the day and return to designated campsites

for the night.
The MV Frances Barkley is based in Port Alberni,

with routes that lead through the Broken Group

Islands in Barkley Sound to the fishing ports o

fBamfield and Ucluelet.
In the course of a day’s trip the sturdy wooden

packet freighter drops mail, groceries,


 the occasional passenger along the way at

floathomes  and the Sechart Whaling Station.
At times you’ll definitely feel the motion of the

 oceanswells, but the better part of the journey

 throughBarkley Sound is not as exposed as that

experienced when you travel on the MV Uchuck III

to NootkaSound from Gold River.

The trip makes a pleasant outing in itself or can be

 alink for paddlers to the Broken Group Islands.

The west coast of Vancouver Island is exposed to the

moisture-laden westerly winds blowing off the

warmer Pacific Ocean.

The warm air masses are forced up by the island’s

mountain ranges, resulting in considerable

precipitation falling on the Pacific Rim region

during the winter months of September to

 March,while summers are relatively dry.

The abundant rainfall and mild temperatures

account for the lush vegetation and the wonderful

rainforests found in the region.Location:

 Barkley Sound is located south of Uclueletand

north of Bamfield on the west coast of

Vancouver Island.

The sound is either accessed from these two

communities or from Port Alberni by travelling

downAlberni Inlet.

The route of the MV Frances Barkley, based in

Port Alberni, leads through the Broken Group Islands

in Barkley Sound to the fishing ports of Bamfield

and Ucluelet.


VICTORIA B.C www.cherylyoung

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