Weather and Gear

February 2024
kayakers on dock

Be ready for your kayaking adventure!

Northern Vancouver Island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering many breathtaking landscapes and thrilling adventures. As you plan your kayaking expedition to the stunning Broughton Archipelago, it’s crucial to understand the observed summer weather patterns and choose the right clothing for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

During the summer months, Northern Vancouver Island experiences mild and pleasant weather conditions. The region benefits from a temperate coastal climate characterized by cool temperatures and moderate rainfall. However, it’s important to note that weather conditions can change rapidly, so it’s wise to be prepared for various scenarios.

Essential Clothing for Kayaking in the Broughton Archipelago:

1. Layering is Key: Opt for a moisture-wicking base layer that keeps you dry and comfortable throughout your kayaking journey. This layer should be lightweight and breathable, allowing for easy movement. Consider materials like polyester or merino wool for their excellent moisture management properties.

2. Insulating Mid-Layer: A mid-layer is essential as temperatures can fluctuate, especially during the early mornings or when paddling across shaded areas. Choose a lightweight fleece or synthetic jacket that provides insulation while allowing for easy movement. This layer can be easily removed or added as needed.

3. Waterproof Outer Layer: Invest in a high-quality, waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect yourself from unexpected rain showers or splashes. Look for garments with sealed seams and adjustable cuffs to ensure maximum protection. Additionally, a brimmed hat and waterproof gloves can provide added protection from the elements.

4. Footwear: Opt for water-resistant or fast-drying shoes with good traction and support. Neoprene boots or water shoes are ideal for kayaking, as they provide protection and grip on wet surfaces.

5. Accessories: Don’t forget to bring a pair of polarized sunglasses to reduce glare from the water and protect your eyes. Additionally, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat or visor and applying sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. Also, don’t forget your refillable water bottle to stay hydrated as you paddle!

North Island Kayak provides a detailed packing list of what to bring and what is provided to ensure a well-planned and enjoyable adventure paddling through the wilderness. If you have any questions, contact us at any time!