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Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands comprise one of the three main recreational components in
the Pacific Rim National Park (the other two components being Long Beach and the West Coast Trail described below).
Barkley Sound lies south of
Ucluelet and north of Bamfield on the west coast of
Vancouver Island (map: http://toquartbay.com/maps.html). Covering an area of approximately 500 square miles (roughly 800 square kilometers) that includes hundreds of islands, none of which is larger than 2 miles across.
To the north of Barkley Sound is Long Beach, one of the main components of the Pacific Rim National Park. Long Beach runs between the villages of
Tofino and offers approximately 10 miles of sandy beach exposed to the full power of the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. This is a spot that is enjoyed year round.
In the summer months visitors come to this spot to walk the beach.
In the winter this area draws visitors who sit inside of a cozy cabin or lodge and watch the power of nature displayed in the form of thundering winter ocean swells and storms.
To the south of Barkley Sound is Canada's well known West Coast Trail, another of the main components of the Pacific Rim National Park and perhaps the best known hiking trial in
British Columbia. The full trail is approximately 50 miles in length
- running from Port Renfrew (google map) at the southern end, running along the west coast of Vancouver Island with the northernmost end of the trail at Pachina Point, a couple miles south of Bamfield, BC (google map) and just south of Barkley Sound.
Barkley Sound offers the beauty of
more than one hundred islands in a nationally protected national park. Just north of the sound you will find miles and miles of beautiful, protected sandy beach and just south of the sound you can hike part of the rugged West Coast Trail. With unsurpassed and nationally protected islands, beaches, camping, and hiking opportunities, the Barkley Sound area offers adventures for everyone!
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Kayaking Vancouver Island: Great Trips from Port Hardy to Victoria
by Gary Backlund, Paul Grey. Paperback - April 1, 2003. Using a
guidebook format with journal-like entries from their own travels, the
authors cover detail on launch sites,
lunch sites, currents, tides,
local mythology, folklore and history,
local conditions, charts, marine weather and
Easykayaker: A Guide to Laid-Back Vancouver Island Paddling.
by Paul Grey, Gary Backlund. Paperback: 192 pages, Greyswan Publications, January 1, 2002.
mainly on eastern Vancouver Island and other popular Vancouver Island
paddling locations ranging from the Gulf Islands to the Broken Group and
Handbook: Including Vancouver, Victoria, and the Canadian Rockies
by Jane King, Andrew Hempstead.
May 2000, Paperback, 5th edition, 430 pages,
Covering recreation, accommodations,
transportation, and sights for all regions in British Columbia.
British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies
by Bill McRae, Shawn Blore
June 2000, Paperback, 3rd edition, 432 pages,
Readers can take their pick of sunny
coastal resorts, misty islands, lush temperate rain forest, rugged
mountains with world-class ski slopes, alpine meadows, verdant wine
country or the neighboring Banff and Jasper national parks.
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