Price: $1500 + gst
Arrival Day In Telegraph Cove: Cabin or Campground accommodation at Telegraph Cove Resort. You can call 1 800 200 4665 to reserve a room at the lodge.
- Ocean touring experience and a solid technical skill set is required on this trip.
- You will be carrying all of your own camping gear and need to be self sufficient. We are touring and camping in a remote ocean environment where we can expect all kinds of weather, winds, tidal currents with longer paddling days.
- If you are unsure whether you have the experience or skills necessary please contact us. We have touring and overnight skills courses available on our training page to get you ready for a trip like this.
- 4 nights 5 days of guided sup touring.
- Commercial Boat shuttle. Pick up at Telegraph Cove and drop off in the heart of the Broughton Archipelago and then pick up on final day and drop off at Telegraph Cove.
- Multi Day SUP Packing Video & Multi Day Clothing Video
- 30 min one on one virtual expedition coaching to help you prepare for your trip.
What’s Not Included
- Travel to and from Telegraph Cove
- SUP boards and paddling specific equipment. (Rentals available)
- Accommodations in Telegraph Cove the night before trip departure.
A paddling journey through a wild & stunning rainforest ecosystem.
Norm Hann Expeditions is excited to offer this new adventure for experienced ocean paddlers in the wild and spectacular Broughton Archipelago. Led by Norm, you will be packing and carrying your own gear and food on your touring board for a five day guided interpretive trip into the heart of this paddling paradise.
From wind swept and swell exposed outer islands on the edge of Queen Charlotte Strait to the calm, relaxed and sheltered inner waters, the Broughton’s offer an amazing exploration based on weather, tides, currents and wildlife. With the majestic snowcapped Coast Mountains to the east these are the traditional lands of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations who thrived from the bounty provided by the ocean. They developed clam terraces and villages throughout the islands with ample evidence of their extensive use highlighted by white midden beaches, culturally modified trees, pictographs and petroglyphs.
This place is a mecca for marine wildlife as resident Killer Whales begin showing up towards the end of June and feeding Humpbacks make their way into the area in April and May. Harbour Seals, Sea Lions, River Otters, Bald Eagles and wandering Black and Grizzly Bears are all part of this incredible rainforest ecosystem.
Spectacular sunrises, sublime sunsets and days spent looking for wildlife and paddling new coastal areas all await you. This is your opportunity to take a deep breath and inhale the beautiful connection to land and water as you share Norm’s passion for wild places, wild life and ancient First Nations territories.
While the summer months in British Columbia are mostly warm and sunny, we still have a few cold and wet days. Heavy rain and fog can occur at any time in the temperate rainforest. For maximum enjoyment on your trip in all types of weather please bring the items listed below.
It is important that your clothing be made of synthetic materials or wool to retain their warmth when wet. Most synthetics also have the advantage of being quick drying. Avoid cotton clothing because they lack warmth if wet and take a very long time to dry. Please reach out if you have questions about our packing list.
Watch this SUP Touring Video for help in what to bring and how to pack.
You can also read this Mustang Survival Blog on packing for SUP Expeditions that Bruce Kirkby and I put together.
- Inflatable or Hard Touring Board appropriate for ocean touring. A minimum of 12′ – 12’6″ long with front and rear attachments.
- Paddle or adjustable paddle
- PFD (jacket style, no waist belts)
- Coil or quick release touring leash.
- My personal system includes a 35L Mustang Survival Bluewater bag for tent, sleeping bag, thermarest and pillow. A 35L Mustang Survival Greewater for daily gear, emergency gear, Jet Boil stove/fuel/mug/spoon/bowl, Mustang Survival 22L Highwater for camp clothes and miscellaneous, a Mustang Survival 10L bag for food, a 5l mustang bag for small essentials and communication.
What to Wear for Paddling (suggested)
- 5 mm Booties with sole or water shoe with waterproof or neoprene socks works well. If it is warm I will paddle in bare feet and have a pair of Natives or Sandals to wear getting from the board to the campsite.
- Clothing Option 1: For upper and lower body clothing system I personally wear Vaikobi V Cold Storm Pant and V Cold L/S Base with a pair of board shorts or waterproof short worn over the storm pant
- Clothing Option 2: Drysuit, I suggest the Mustang Survival Hudson Drysuit. It will keep you warm and dry but may be too warm if it’s hot.
- Clothing Option 3: Farmer Jayne or John with waterproof paddling jacket overtop.
- Fleece or synthetic hooded mid layer jacket
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Mid Layer with extra down jacket
- Baseball Cap and Toque
- Paddling gloves for cool days or if hands are sensitive
- Pair of synthetic shorts
- Bathing suit
- Pair of pants
- 2 long sleeve shirts
- 2 short sleeve shirts
- 1 sweater or sweatshirt
- 2 pair of wool/synthetic socks
- 2 sets of long underwear
- 2-3 pair of underwear
- Sun screen
- Sunglasses with a retainer
- Prescription eyeglasses or contacts
- Spare eyeglasses or contacts
- Wet Wipes
- Synthetic camp towel
- Spare medication
- Insect repellent
- Headlamp and batteries
- Camera (optional)
- Extra digital storage and batteries
- 1 litre water bottle
- 1-2 person lightweight tent
- Compressible 3 season sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad or Thermarest
- Small packable pillow
- Small camping stove/Jetboil/MSR Whisper Lite.
- 5ooml Butane or 1 litre white gas
- Cooking pot (if you are not using a Jetboil)
- knife, fork, spoon
- 2 10 L Dromedary Bags for water each. MSR Dromedary Bags work great.
- Pristine or Aquatabs water treatment
You will be bringing and packing your own food. Make sure your meals are filling and nutritious to support you on your paddling days. You will need lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5. Freeze dried food bags are light, delicious and work well for sup camping. Bring snacks and easily accessible bars in case paddling days are longer.
Exact standup paddleboarding routes may vary depending on possible wildlife sightings, currents, tides and weather.
Day 0: We will meet in Telegraph Cove, a historic logging and fishing community, the day before our trip departs. A visit to the Whale Interpretive Centre and walk around one of the last boardwalk communities on Vancouver Island is a must. We will be meeting for dinner at the Old Saltery Pub for our pre trip meeting at 5:30pm where Norm will provide you with an overview for your trip and will answer any questions you have. Accommodation options at the resort range from tent camping to cozy cabins and rooms at Telegraph Cove Resort.
Day 1: We meet for breakfast at 7:00am and then head down to the marina to load our water taxi. The shuttle will take us into the heart of the Broughton Archipelago and to our first campsite where we’ll settle in. We will spend the day paddling the local area and getting comfortable with our boards and equipment.
Days 2 to 4: Based on weather, tides, currents and wildlife we will spend the next three full days exploring the archipelago. We will set a plan for the following days trip and may spend a couple of nights at the same campsite or we could also move from campsite to campsite as we paddle back towards the south end of the archipelago. Along the way, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for wildlife as sightings or reports may dictate our itinerary for the day. We will look for Orcas, Humpbacks, Bald Eagles, Deer, Black Bears, Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises and White Sided Dolphins, Stellar Sea Lions and the fantastic intertidal life.
Each trip will in the Broughton Archipelago will be different.
Day 5: This is our final day – a chance to enjoy the beauty of the area for one last time, linger over coffee, snap a few more photographs, before paddling to our pick up location. From there our shuttle will take us across Johnston Straight and back to Telegraph Cove. After lunch we can spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting gear organized before a final farewell dinner. It is recommended to spend another evening in Telegraph Cove or on the north island to help with your transition back from our trip.