Attention, explorers! We’ve got another provincial park in BC to share with you – and it happens to be the largest marine park in the province. Filled with dozens of undeveloped islands and islets at the mouth of Knight Inlet, Broughton Archipelago Park is certainly worth the visit any time of year, so consider this your sign to add the park to your map.
With plenty of boating, kayaking, and wildlife viewing opportunities, the archipelago offers visitors sheltered waters and sweeping views of the coastal mountains and Queen Charlotte Strait.
According to BC Parks, those exploring the region by boat can easily uncover white-midden beaches, clam “terraces,” and even an intriguing petroglyph carved into a rock.
In terms of kayaking, the southern portion of the park is the most popular spot – though visitors hoping to view Orcas in their natural habitat should head to the park’s western boundaries. Here, boaters and kayakers may spot Humpback or Minke whales, or smaller species like dolphins and sea lions.
While there are no designated campsites in the Broughton Archipelago, there are a number of sites that kayakers have been using for overnight camping which are open year-round, but only accessible by boat.
Note that some of these sites are only accessible during certain tides and weather conditions – and there are no facilities available at the park.
So there you have it, BC. This one’s definitely a spot to revisit in early fall.
Where: 30 km east of Port McNeill, BC
Information on Broughton Archipelago Park is from BC Parks and is accurate as of the publication date.