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handislandHand Island in the Broken Group

Introduction: Broken Group Islands

   Broken Group Islands are set in Pacific Rim National Park on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. There are more than 100 islands. Six islands have park-maintained campsites: Hand Island, Dodd Island, Turret Island, Gibraltar Island, Gilbert Island and Clarke Island. Solar composting toilets are provided at designated camping areas. The maximum stay in a camp is four days and the maximum stay in the park is fourteen days. Camping fees apply from May 1 to September 30. Peak season in the Park is between mid-July and the end of August. Please see Parks Canada web link below for more campsite and safety information.

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Many visitors to the Broken Group Islands either come by boat (MV Frances Barkley) from Port Alberni to Sechart Lodge (just outside the Pacific Rim Park) or launch from Secret Beach in Toquaht Bay (search for Secret Beach on our map). Generally, paddlers launching from Secret Beach camp overnight there or paddle through the Stopper Islands and land first at Hand Island. Generally, it's a multi-day trip to the Broken Group. There is a lodge just outside the Broken Group where the MV Frances Barkley drops paddlers.

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