Brooks Peninsula Kayak Touring and Information
Brooks Peninsula B.C. British Columbia
If you can manage to part with the paradise that is the Bunsby Islands than do so and continue paddling north, through the Checleseht Bay, to the Brooks Peninsula. As you exit the Bunsby Islands you will see an expansive white beach in the distance. This is the Brooks Peninsula. The Brooks Peninsula is a Provincial Park that covers 50,000 hectares of old growth forest and rugged coastline. Constant erosion has created picturesque sandy beaches, sheltered inlets and steep cliffs here.
Hikers can walk through cedar, fir spruce and hemlock in the old growth forests here. They may spot some wildlife along the way including elk, wolves, black bears, deer and bald eagles. Paddlers will often see sea otters, sea lions and seals in the Checleseht Bay to the south and whale watchers may even get lucky, if it’s the right time of year, as gray whales, humpback whales and even orcas have been known to swim into the bay.
The Brooks Peninsula is a lightly traveled jewel on Vancouver’s Coast but it is often subject to windy, inconvenient weather. Paddlers should note that the mainland is directly meeting the open ocean at the Brooks Peninsula and should be confident enough to paddle in potentially rough conditions.
As is the case with the Kyuquot Sound and the Bunsby Islands, the Brooks Peninsula boasts a rich native history. The Peninsula, like Kyuquot Sound, has long been the home of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations People. In addition to the Nuu-chah-nulth, the Kwakiutl First Nations People also have a long relationship with this land. People exploring the area can find evidence of this in the form of a former village site, a number of middens and even cave burial sites.
To read a journal and see pictures from Kit’s most recent trip to this area, visit Kit’s blog: http://kitkayaks.blogspot.com/