Broken Group Islands

The Broken Group Islands are situated on Barkley Sound, part of the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This region provides kayakers of all abilities the opportunity to explore hundreds of tidal pools and a vast variety of marine life.  Sea lions, Pacific grey whales, bald eagles, sea urchins, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and sea stars, as well as a wide array of different types of tiny plankton could potentially be seen throughout your trip.  The islands provide lagoons, exposed reefs, densely forested islands, windswept rocks and seemingly untouched beaches. For more information about this amazing destination please visit Broken Group Islands


Participants and volunteers of this trip can expect to receive an experience that far surmounts what is imaginable.  Those involved will be challenged to new lengths and experience the satisfaction of accomplishing something that they may have perceived as impossible. Breathtaking sights and a remarkable journey will leave you with an unbelievable story that you can tell for years to come. Come join us on an adventure that truly is one-of-a-kind and be part of something magnificent. [wptab name=’Itinerary’] This trip will be offered in early September of 2014. The Broken Group Islands trip will span 5 days (4 nights) and provide experiences of a lifetime.

Day 1 All participants and volunteers will be required to meet 24 hours prior to the the trip’s commence. This will allow Trip Leaders time to effectively pack kayaks, ensuring sufficient space for all necessitated gear. Trip Leaders will also be assessing personal equipment to ensure that everyone has what they need to be comfortable throughout the trip.

Day 2 – Day 6 After a short team meeting and a discussion around safety procedures the trip will begin. More details will be provided closer to the trip’s date (ie. meeting times, locations, and other specifics). At the trips closure all individuals will say their goodbyes and head on their way proceeding with their own return travel arrangements. Lunch will be the last meal provided on Day 6. 019_f960x280[/wptab]

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Group Size: The maximum group size for this trip is 10 people (including staff and support). Spaces available for this trip are contingent on the needs of participants. Participants needing more care will require more volunteers and have less space for other people within their group. Please contact our Program Coordinator through email at or by phone at 250 979 3941 to determine exactly how many spaces are available for your specific trip.

Transportation: Transportation is not included  for this trip. All participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from the meeting point identified in the Itinerary. If transportation is an issue, we will work with you to find an alternative. Alternative transportation costs will be added to the price of the trip.  These costs will be determined based on individual and specific needs.

Accommodation/Meals: Accommodation (tents) will be provided from Day 2 to Day 6. Individuals will be responsible for their own accommodation and meals for Day 1 and the evening of the trips closure (Day 6). Participants will also be responsible for their own breakfast on Day 2. All meals while out on the trip will be provided. Meals will be modified to ensure that dietary restrictions and allergies are met. broken group island aug 13-18 2008 bruce, clayton and march family (183)[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Gear’] Attached is our recommended Kayaking Gear List. This is not intended to be a mandatory or all inclusive list, but instead a guideline. Terrain, distance, location, time of year, objective of trip, etc. will all determine the need for certain items. CRIS owns a wide array of gear that participants can use throughout the duration of their trip. Whether you need something as big as a tent or as small as a dry bag, CRIS has the gear that you will need. barkley_sound[/wptab]

[wptab name=’How’]CRIS’ AWA program enables any person regardless of ability or disability to access outdoor recreation through the use of innovative adaptive equipment. Through the utilization of adaptive kayak equipment, along with innovative adaptive hiking equipment individuals can feel secure in all terrain that this trip has to offer. Please see our kayaking equipment and hiking equipment for more information on how this is all possible. This trip is perfectly suited to those who want to experience the thrill of ocean kayaking. If you are interested or have any questions please contact our Program Coordinator through email at or by phone at 250 979 3941. TBCCWDisplay[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Booking Info’] In order to book a trip participants must contact or call 250 979 3941. Trip planners will work one-on-one with you to determine exactly what is required and will be needed to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your experience. Once goals, expectations, and needs have been discussed participants will receive an estimate for the cost of their trip. A  50% down payment will be required at the time of booking. 20% of the 50% down payment is non-refundable as it is allocated towards trip planning. The remainder of payment will be required two weeks before the trips commence. Trips should be booked as early as possible as availability is limited. Individuals who book their trip before May 15th will be credited with a 10% discount.

Once a booking has been made participating individuals will be required to fill out a Waiver and Health and Medical Record.  booking-keyboard[/wptab]

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Trip LeaderTroy Becker Is a full-time firefighter based out of West Kelowna, BC. To say he is a qualified expedition leader is a gross understatement. Troy founded CRIS in 2001 and ever since has been leading Adaptive Wilderness Adventures. He leads the majority of CRIS AWA trips and has almost every qualification you could want from the person in charge. Troy also spends his time as a volunteer Search & Rescue member. His may years of training and experience have prepared him to deal with challenging, dangerous, and emotional situations.

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Camp Coordinator and Logistics Manager: Rob Braun Has ten years of experience in making adaptive outdoor adventures happen. He started volunteering with CRIS right from its start and has never faltered in his commitment to engage people with disabilities to the outdoors. With 22 years as a Search & Rescue volunteer, Rob is an ideal camp coordinator. With his attention to detail and careful analysis of situations everyone can feel safe in his more than capable hands. 

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[wptab name=’Costs’]Costs for AWA Trips vary significantly dependent upon numerous factors. The severity of the disability a person has can influence the costs of the trips. For example a person who is quadriplegic and has no experience likely needs a pilot to enable them to kayak, whereas someone with paraplegia and lots of experience may be perfectly capable of paddling a kayak on their own. Participants are encouraged to bring friends, care support, or family with them on AWA trips. Group rates are available. Those who have preferences about whom they do the trip with may incur higher costs than individuals going as a large group. Please contact or call us at 250 979 3941 to receive a quote for your specific trip. An estimate of the minimum cost you can expect to pay is provided below. These costs are only estimates and can vary significantly based on specifications and needs (some of which were identified above).  There may be more spaces available so please be sure to ask! This just provides a rough idea of what kind of costs you can expect to see.

Number of People                 1     2     3     4
Costs Per Person $6000      $3000      $2500      $2000     

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[wptab name=’Who’] This trip is best suited for individuals with back-country, or paddling experience. This is a self-sustaining trip where medical services are not readily available. There is little development within the area, providing a remote wilderness trip. Participants should have a solid understanding of what is involved with wilderness camping and be comfortable on the water. This trip is open to anyone who would like to come, but please seriously consider if this trip fits within your comfort level. Persons attending this trip must accommodate for their own personal care needs (if you can’t do it yourself you must provide someone whom can). If needed, your support person must be able to partake in activities. If you are unable to find someone to assist you with personal care please contact the office as they may be able to assist in finding someone to help facilitate your needs.