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Our Broughton Archipelago / Johnstone Strait Kayaking Adventure begins in the town of Port McNeill, about 200 miles north of Victoria on the east side of Vancouver Island. Here the Columbia III will await your arrival at the CAB Fuel Dock (250) 956-4044 / 956-3336.
There are a number of ways of getting to Port McNeill. The simplest are to fly directly from Vancouver to Port Hardy Regional Airport (a 25 minute taxi drive from Port McNeill), or by seaplane from Seattle to Port McNeill Harbour. Flying time from Vancouver to Port Hardy is about 1.25 hours. Other ways include the combination of car and ferry to Vancouver Island, or bus and ferry to Vancouver Island. Ferry crossing time from Vancouver to Vancouver Island is Approx. 2 hours. Driving time from Nanaimo to Port McNeill is 4.5 hours, or from Victoria to Port McNeill is 6 hours. Another option is to fly to Campbell River Regional Airport (half way between Victoria and Port McNeill) then bus or drive the rest of the way (2.5 hour drive).
-Pacific Coastal Airlines runs numerous daily flights to Port Hardy (a town 25 minutes north of Port McNeill). See Port McNeill Shuttle Bus service below.
-Kenmore Air Seaplanes runs direct flights to Port McNeil 1-800-543-9595 or 425-486-1257 (in Seattle)
From Calgary, Alberta
-West Jet runs daily flights to Comox (a town 3.5 hours south of Port McNeill by road) 1-888-937-8538
-B.C. Ferries has year round vehicle and passenger service - Routes include: North Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay), South Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to South Nanaimo (Duke Point) and South Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Swartz Bay (near Victoria) 1-888 223-3779 or outside B.C. 250-386-3431.
-M.V. Coho has vehicle and passenger service from Port Angeles WA to downtown Victoria B.C.
-Washington State Ferries runs vehicle and passenger service from Anacortes WA to Sidney B.C. (near Victoria) 1-888-808-7977 or 206-464-4600 (Seattle).
-Victoria Clipper has passenger-only ferry service from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria B.C. 1-800-888-2535.
-Greyhound Canada has service from Vancouver's downtown bus station to Port McNeill. Ferry crossing included 1-800-661 8747 or 604-681-3526 (in Vancouver).
-Island Coach Lines (a division of Greyhound Canada) has frequent service between Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River, and Port McNeill 1-800-318-0818 or 250-956-3556 (in Port McNeil)
-Port McNeill Airport Shuttle servicing Port Hardy Airport 250-956-8294
Many of our guests like to explore Vancouver Island before or after their adventure on the Columbia III. Please contact Tourism Vancouver Island (250)754- 3500 or www.vancouverisland.travel for ideas and information. Accommodation through out B.C. can be arranged through 1-800-435-5622 or HelloBC.com.
For those guests who wish to arrive prior to our Sunday departure, or stay later after our trip, the following accommodations are available in Port McNeill. Further information is also available from: Port McNeill & District Tourist Bureau (250) 956-3131 or the Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce.
Accommodation in Port McNeill
If you would like secure parking, contact CAB Industries (250) 956-3336 where the Columbia III is moored, or Sellars Enterprises (250) 956-4162. For free/unsecured parking ask for directions at the boat when you arrive.
When getting in and out of your kayak on shore your feet WILL get wet. We suggest a pair of sturdy water sandals/ shoes. Sports gloves for paddling may add to your comfort and help prevent blisters. Proper protection from the sun is essential so bring sun glasses, a sun hat, sun block and lip screen. Bring a water bottle as we don't provide disposable plastic water bottles. Staying hydrated in the outdoors is very important. When aboard the mothership, comfortable casual clothing is nice to change into after paddling.
Consider bringing the items listed on the packing list we provide.
We have waterproof bags (dry bags) onboard that you can use for your cameras or other small items in your kayak if you like. Large Ziploc bags work as well. Hard suitcases are difficult to fit into the small storage compartments on the Columbia III, so if possible, bring your things in soft duffel type bags.
NOTE: Although not required, if you'd like to express your appreciation to the guides through a gratuity, such recognition would be enthusiastically received. The industry standard for tipping is approximately 10 percent of the trip cost. All tips will be equally distributed among your crew.