Energizer Paddle - Broken Islands Lodge to FULL Broken Group Islands (Multiday) Paddle

Description

What:
A SISKA Energizer paddle from Broken Islands Lodge to FULL Broken Group Islands (Multiday) Four days paddling in the Islands, five nights in Broken Islands Lodge

Skill Level:
This paddle is rated as an Energizer Paddle because of its distance and open water crossings and possible current. To understand this designation better, please read SISKA's Paddle Guidelines
Paddlers taking part in this paddle are required to have PC Level 1 or equivalent experience. For information about PC Levels click here.
The total distance of this paddle is estimated to be approximately 10.00nm.

When:
Saturday, September 10th, 2022. Meet at the launchsite by 10:00am to be on the water by 10:30am

Where:
We will launch at Broken Islands Lodge. Need directions to the launchsite? Click here.

Who:
This paddle will be led by Norman Smyth For more information about this paddle email Norman Smyth

Details:
Our leader will introduce the Plan and make sure everyone is comfortable with the requirements and any concerns that you may have. Please stay off the water until we are all ready. The leader may choose to enlist helpers and establish communications protocol. If you have VHF radio please bring it with you.
Plan A:
This SISKA kayak trip to Barkley Sound is from Saturday 10 to Thursday 15 September 2022 – 5 nights, 4 full days paddling. Accommodation is at Broken Islands Lodge (previously Sechart Lodge) which has all their 19 comfortable rooms reserved for us. The Lodge provides two good home-cooked meals per day and lunch is packed for kayaking. The Lodge is nicely furnished and has some queen rooms and some with two or more single beds.

Each day, three different paddles, following SISKA guidelines, will be led by experienced SISKA paddle leaders. Over the four days, it is anticipated that each paddle leader will lead two paddles and assist one. Paddles in and around the Broken Group Islands are classified as Energizer paddles. All kayakers in the area are never far removed from the open Pacific Ocean and paddles, while generally protected, include crossings of exposed channels. Conditions can change quickly and winds typically rise in the afternoon and, if so, the risks are significant. We hope to have one “Relaxed” paddle each day, but the remainder are considered “Energizer”. It is therefore mandatory that participants be strong paddlers (reference checks will be done) and have recently completed a rescue clinic by either: 1. Participation in 2022 in a Rescue Clinic or Level 1 or 2 Course, with an approved Paddle Canada Instructor or 2. Attend a Rescue Clinic we will arrange on two Tuesdays in late August. In addition, all must be fully vaccinated against COVID. These mandatory conditions are for everyone’s safety and group enjoyment.

The Broken Islands Lodge cost for 5 nights (meals & taxes included) is approximately $300 per person per night for one person in a room, and reduces when others share the room. Prices vary per room. We are receiving a 15% group discount. Beer and wine are available for purchase. You can pay by credit card. Remember to bring sufficient cash for tips. There is no Parks Canada fee for day paddles in the Broken Group.

The Lodge is only accessible by boat. Unfortunately, the Frances Barkley from Port Alberni & Ucluelet is no longer stopping at the Lodge. You can paddle from Secret Beach Marina in Toquart Bay in two hours, but it costs about $10 /day to park and $15 to launch. The Broken Islands Lodge water taxi can pick you up ($70 pp round trip) from Secret Beach Marina in Toquart Bay (2 people min, 12 people max). Sea Bear Charters can transport people plus kayaks from Port Alberni. Two boats are booked departing Port Alberni at 1030 on Saturday 10 Sept, and returning at 1000 on Thursday 15 Sept – cost about $150 return, capacity 12 people + kayaks and gear in each boat. Parking is free. It appears the construction and delays on Highway 4 at Kennedy Lake will continue through 2022.

Contact Norm Smyth to make your booking. He will send you a special link you must use to make your own reservations and room selection at the Broken Islands Lodge. A deposit of 50% will be taken now, and the balance will be due 7 days before arrival. You can cancel and get a full refund up to 30 days before arrival. A standby list will be maintained. Paddle leaders received this notification first and when 8 paddle leaders were registered this notice was sent to the entire membership. As of 22 January the lodge is fully booked and a waitlist is being taken.

Here are relevant links:
Broken Islands Lodge (Sechart), Shannon Williams: https://www.brokenislandslodge.com/
Toquart Bay launch and parking rates: http://www.secretbeachcampground.com/rates/
Sea Bear Charters: https://www.seabearcharters.ca/
Marine Charts: http://fishing-app.gpsnauticalcharts.com/i-boating-fishing-web-app/fishing-marine-charts-navigation.html#11.12/48.9075/-125.2730

Norm Smyth 250-383-9077
Plan B:


Plot:
There is no plot for this paddle at this time

Registration:
To sign up for this paddle please email Norman Smyth
The maximum number of paddlers for this paddle has been set to 40. There is room for 18 paddler(s).

Note:
Always dress for the possibility of immersion and please bring a drybag containing a spare change of clothes.
Please bring a lunch / snacks and sufficient beverage to keep you hydrated, as well as a themos of something warm.
All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with SISKA's Policies and Procedures
All paddlers must have submitted proof of vaccination in order to take part in this paddle.