Entrance to Knight Inlet

This area is a combination of rugged island and islets in waters that are in constant flow. The currents in these islets can reach seven-eight knots on both the flood and ebb, Caution and homework should be the order of the day before you try to navigate these waters, especially, Spring Passage. When a Northwest wind opposes an ebbing tide this passage processes 6-8 feet steep standing waves that are definitely not comfortable in a kayak. The method of choice for crossing this entire area for the first time is in calm winds, slash tide and overcast conditions. Best kayaking method is to island hop until you in the protection of the larger passages or a cluster of larger islands.

Camping area are rugged and water is only to be taken when it has rained for a number of days. Shorelines are beautiful with masses of basalt rock and colourful moss features everywhere. Beaches are few and far between. Access to these beaches is at time difficult because of large boulders and reefs along the shoreline. So planning must done carefully to avoid the mistake of seeing a place on the chart and being surprised with no access to the beach with kayaks.

If you are planning a trip into or out of the Broughtons, you basically have to cross over the entrance to Knight Inlet. The is another passage that is possible closer to Gilford Island but you have to an open water crossing and take a different route back to Blackfish Sound or Queen Charlotte Sound. Currents run strong through this entire area and the volumes of water that are exchanged in 24 hours are large.