Monday, August 24, 2009

Kayaking in the Broken Group Islands
(British Columbia, Canada)

Just got back from a wonderful week on Chesterman Beach in Tofino BC, north of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve . Below is a picture of a sunset on the beach (click to see full size).

Thanks to Majestic Ocean Kayaking we toured the Broken Group Islands for a day. This cluster of over 100 islands forms the central unit of the national park reserve, south of the Long Beach unit and north of the West Coast Trail unit.

Having a waterproof camera makes it so much easier to take lots of great pictures while kayaking. That's if you manage to keep you lens clean. This hasn't been a problem in the past but this time it was. I'm guessing the salt in the seawater leave deposits on the lens after the water evaporates. Whatever the reason, I have lots of pictures that aren't worth posting because of that :-(

I hope to have a GPS route that I can post soon to show where we paddled on this trip. In the meantime, here are some of the few pictures worth showing (click on any to enlarge to full size).

On the way back, we were treated to an absolutely fantastic display of humpback whales breaching the water. Without a telephoto lens, it was rather challenging to get some good pictures. Here are a few short clips from hi-speed low-resolution photo sequences.

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