Kayaking Vancouver Island's Carey Islands Group  (South Broughton)

The Village Island Group consists of many small islands, islets and a site of native ruins (visitors permit required).

The area supports a large fish farm, a number of settlements and a fishing lodge. That being said, you can still sea kayak amongst these islands and rarely see folks by taking an alternate route. Camp areas for kayakers are at a premium, planning is required for successful camping.  Anchorages for coastal cruisers frequent the area, yet paddling is still good here. Wildlife has been compromised with the increase in human activity, however it is still possible to find a moment with local eagle, porpoise and otters. Because the area is under heavy usage during the summer, Parks asks us to suggest that you only stay at a campsite one night and move on to other locations.

One of the features of area is the abandoned village site on village island. It is best to have talked to the band office in Campbell River before you set foot on this unique site. Timing your visit to this site is important. Beach access is rough and the harbour in front of the village site has large rocks that lurk below the surface of the water even on a rising tide. Most of the trails are overgrown and in the early morn and late afternoon black bears move from the forest towards the berry bunches and plum trees for snacks.

Late afternoons are often windy. Winds can reach 30-40 knots when the High Pressure Cells are starting to rebuild and last for up to three days. But a number of the local islands can be used as wind blockers on your way back to your camp. Tidal flow is slow until you reach the small passages into Blackfish Sound. These passages are frequented by large coastal cruisers, coastal tugs pulling large container barges, large fishing boats and coastal cruisers so remember to time your kayaking through these waterways in early afternoon and definitely not between 3-7 because of cruise ship traffic, They travel through our waters in groups of three to catch tide changes at Seymour Narrows just north of Campbell River.

Sheltered water paddling is good here, especially in the early morning. Winds and weather conditions change as the day unfolds. Weather windows should be taken advantage of during your visit to these waters. so plan your trip accordingly.