Planning Your Trip

A Wilderness Oasis in the Broughton Archipelago

The Paddlers Inn is located in Simoom Sound, British Columbia, 1 km from Echo Bay Resort and Provincial Marine Park. Our GPS coordinates are N50 45.461 W126 29.271 (NAD 83).

We are approximately 50 kilometers (30 miles) East of Port McNeill and Telegraph Cove,  making our location an ideal circuit tour, and a perfect turning point, for independent multi day kayak tours having originated from these locations. We are surrounded by the many islands of the Broughton Archipelago, which provide some shelter from the open and rougher waters of Johstone Strait and Blackfish Sound, as well as create an endless variety of paddling route options.

We are open daily from June through September, and by prior reservation only, October through May.

If you travel by land.

Head for  Port McNeill at the north end of Vancouver Island. From here you can hop aboard our water taxi, and head off in the direction of Paddlers Inn and the wilderness of the Broughton Archipelago. 

Getting to us by boat.

The crossing takes 2-3+ days by kayak, or about 2.5 hours aboard our water taxi. You’ll pass through a myriad of channels and passes where you are likely to see whales, dolphins, sea otters, and a variety of marine life as you head toward our remote location in the Broughton Archipelago wilderness. See our transportation page for information and dates for our water taxi trips.

If you are traveling by air.

You will be arriving at Vancouver international airport (YVR), where you may transfer to a flight (#805) to Port Hardy (YZT) which departs at 11:00 & takes 1 hour. From there you may transfer to a float-plane which will bring you to our location ( another .5 hours). We have kayaks and accessories available for you to rent on-site.

On the sidebar to the left are a list of links providing information on places to explore, by kayak, water taxi, or on foot. Please click on these links for detailed information.

Calm seas, warm summer days and an environment rich with wildlife and ancient culture, make this area both inviting and enriching to experience. Whether you use our facility as a destination holiday, base camp, or turn around point, you’ll find us helpful.

Transportation companies that can help to get you here.

We offer water taxi transportation for most of our guests to travel to and from our location. Please see our transportation page for more information.

If you are traveling by air, it is possible to connect with flights to our location, or you may drive by car to Port McNeill  where we will pick you up with our water taxi.

Pacific Coastal Airlines.  (From Port Hardy to our location.)

Vancouver Island Air.  (From Campbell River to our location.)

Clothing and Equipment List

This region is temperate rain-forest, so temperatures can vary a lot. It’s best to come prepared for both hot and sunny, and windy drizzly days. Although summer months are usually dry and hot (16-25 degrees Celsius / 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit) it can rain in any month.

We recommend that you bring some cloths that will ensure that you stay warm even if you get a bit wet, from dripping paddles, or skies. (i.e.: fleece, lycra, nylon, polyester, polypropylene etc.).

  • Bathing suit
  • Gloves for kayaking
  • Hat for sun or rain
  • Neoprene booties
  • Pants light and medium weight
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts light and medium weight
  • Socks light and heavy weight
  • Sweater
  • Wet-suit (if you have one)
  • Wind-breaker (jacket)
  • Beverages
  • Binoculars
  • Camera/ cell phone
  • Flashlight / headlamp
  • Identification
  • Lip-balm SPF
  • Medications (nothing available locally)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene prods.
  • Hair brush & comb
  • Razors
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Water bottle
  • Bear spray
  • Fare gun
  • VHF radio


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