Barkley Sound

Barkley Sound is one of the few destinations around Vancouver Island where you can be what seems like worlds away from civilization in a short time.  Barkley Sound is right next to the small town of Ucluelet where there are plenty of services and restaurants. Taxi service is available and there are multiple guided kayaking companies that can help you with half day and full day trips including shore lunches. If you are planning to hike the West Coast trail and also want to explore Barkley Sound by kayak, you can leave from the small town of Bamfield.
As the most southern of all the protected areas on Vancouver Island’s west coast, Barkley Sound also gets great summer weather. From late June to late September, there are few days of rain.

Inside Barkley Sound, the Broken Group and the Deer Group are the two most popular areas to explore. There are quite a few places to camp on beaches including sandy areas with pebbles making beach landings quite simple. You will want to buy a Pacific Rim park pass for the days you are in the park.
It is always good to be prepared, so remember to bring warm clothing. You must always be prepared for fog as it can come in very thick, though it is less frequent in Barkley Sound than it is offshore.

Tips and time of year:

  • Barkley Sound has the best weather starting in late June lasting into mid-September. This is also the most popular time to come so if crowds bother you, you should try May/June or September. September is usually a good weather month so may be the better out of the two options.
  • It is best to go during the morning hours since the wind can come up in the afternoon. Every summer seems to have a slightly different wind pattern and always pay attention to the marine weather forecast.
  • The main launch is Toquart Bay. Fees are charged here for parking.

Possible Wildlife:

Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, sea otters, river otters, Stellar Sea lions, California Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and many other sea birds are frequently spotted. It is also possible to see boiling patches of bait with salmon feeding  below.