Blackfish Sound

Kayak Blackfish Sound & Queen Charlotte Sound, Vancouver Island

Blackfish Sound is a large moving water passage located between Hansen Island and Swanson Island. It is defined by Queen Charlotte Sound to the Northwest and Blackney Passage to the Southeast. Most camp spots are situated on the Southeast shores of Swanson, Compton and Harbledown Islands. Exits from Blackfish Sound are through Westbeach and Whitebeach Passages. Both of these passages lead to clusters of island in the Carey and Indian Groups. This is the start of  the Southern portion of the Broughton Marine Park. One of the highlights of this area is visiting the beaches and abandoned building at Village Island. The potential for sea kayaking the Village and Carey group are becoming well known by most paddler who research the Broughton Archipelago.  One note here is in order: use of MOUND ISLAND is still accessible to most individuals and groups who visit this wonderful camp spot, however, we all must take care of this site. In the past five summers the midden and the old village site have been heavily impacted. BC Parks and the Aborginal Community would appreciate it if we would all pack in and pack out our gear. And take the time to soften our impact on the overall site. We must treat this site with respect and the sensitivity that will ensure a future for us all.

Blackfish Sound is effected by strong currents. Weather moves in and out of this Sound with an accompanying northwest or southeast wind. Waters from Blackfish Sound connect to Johnstone Strait through Blackney Passage (an area where we should navigate our passage at slack tide and kayak along the Harbledown side of the passage). Expect a steady amount of marine traffic during most of the summer. Remember to monitor Channel 71 before entering this passage. Crossings are best done at times when traffic is low. We offer transport for kayakers across this active waterway to ensure that you get to your destination safely and return safely.  A number of companies still run guided trips that cross these waters and do so with the knowledge of years of experience.  If you are interested in this service check out our parent company at  www.orcaseakayaking.com

Not often but often enough to catch on camera, the humpbacks in Blackfish Sound put on a display that is actually their usual behavior. This humpback whale has decided that it needed to tail flute and slap the water numerous times to cause the feed to ball up on the waters surface. Note that the sea state value is approaching a one foot chop, usual for the any afternoon in Blackfish Sound. At other times we have witnessed Humpback Whales using their tail area to actually sail for a few second in Blackfish Sound.