WestCoastPaddler: I really enjoyed reading your trip report, no doubts its a great place to spend some quality time. However, I noticed the following:
a) Sea Kayak Rental - Telegraph Cove
Q. I am traveling alone, will you rent me a kayak?
A. North Island Kayak will typically Not rent to solo paddlers. If you believe that your skills and preparation should exclude you from this rule, please contact us and explain why.
So, there is a chance that I might have some problems with renting a good sea kayak and in this situation I would definitely need a good one.
b) Fresh water is quite limited, so you either bring all drinking (clear that you can cook etc, using ocean water, it will just save you some salt) or you harvest rainwater. There are couple of trickles and a bay (forgot the name but its a private land) where one could get resupplied - I don'd find myself very often in a situation like that.
c) Crossing, Blakney passage especially. Very useful and interesting discussion:
Last time when I was reading tide and current tables was more than 1 year ago when I was taking Paddle Canada courses. Something tells me that if I am not absolutely certain that I can (right now, independently and on my own) _properly handle all aspects of the crossing I better not do it on my own, no matter how its sound to others because my safety should be primarily my concern.
A possible alternative could be a water taxi - 400$-500$ if not shared and its not clear if it is a round trip.
All in all, from the current point of view it does not seem to be a piece of cake, some further careful and accurate consideration is required but most likely I will say "no" to this trip, at least this year.
PS: What is bothering me in this situation even more that the dangerous crossing is why in 50% of all cases I see the definite article i.e. "The
Broughton Archipelago" and in other 50% just "Broughton Archipelago" - this is not the same. Example (Wikipedia):
a) The Broughton Archipelago is a group of islands on the northeastern flank of the Queen Charlotte Strait;
b) Broughton Archipelago was named in 1792 by George Vancouver in honor of William Robert Broughton;