202 Kyuquot Sound Kayaking and Boating Map
About Kyuquot Sound: Kyuquot is the smallest of the five main sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island, but certainly one of the prettiest and most interesting. Like most areas of the coast, the main attractions are on the outer waters, but most are easily reached from within the cover of the sound, and so require crossing very little exposed water. One of those attractions is the Mission Group, which offers an ideal kayaking destination with the breathtaking beauty of an open-ocean archipelago conveniently near the cover of the main sound. Nearby Rugged Point is a Vancouver Island beach at its best: wild, supremely beautiful and secluded.
This region is also a gateway to the Bunsby Islands and Brooks Peninsula (see map #201), so you can mix and match itineraries to create a lengthy and varied holiday. Meanwhile, the interior of the sound has its own appeal, including rarely-visited Tahsish-Kwois Provincial Park, where no amenities and no formal trails make it a true wilderness destination.
About this mapsheet: This map is perfect for those heading to Brooks Peninsula. Use it in conjunction with #201 Brooks Peninsula if you are continuing north, or #203 Nuchatlitz if continuing south. The area includes from the Bunsby Islands to Rugged Point Provincial Park in the south as well as all Kyuquot Sound -- including many of the best areas to explore and paddle in British Columbia. Boaters will want to use it as well for orientation including anchorages throughout the area as well as for understanding the entire region's shoreline, rock by rock. The reverse side includes travel information, facts, history and safety considerations perfect for anyone visiting the area. Consider it the essential travel companion for anyone visiting Kyuquot Sound or for anyone just dreaming of visiting this remarkable location.
Don't forget the guide book: The perfect companion to the mapsheet is the BC Coast Explorer Vol. 1, which goes into much greater details about the features, attractions travel logistics and history. Buy two mapsheets, and the price of the companion guide book will be reduced 50% at checkout. That's a savings of $17.47.
About the Wild Coast map series: Starting in 2019, Wild Coast Publishing is embarking on an ambitious program to provide an unbroken series of mapsheets covering the entire BC coastline. The series begins with mapsheet #201 Brooks Peninsula and extends in order down the outer Vancouver Island coast before covering the entire south BC coast. You can view the initial mapsheets to be offered here. The maps are designed for paddlers and boaters, right down to the size -- a handy 24x18", slightly smaller than a traditional street map and so easy to manage when on the water. Use it as a "deck topper" for easy visualization as you travel on the water, use it around the campfire or your anchorage at night to plan your next day's route, and at home for research when your journey is still in the dream stage.
Charts versus mapsheets: The Deck Topper series is designed to augment marine travel, particularly by boats which must rely on Hydrographic Services charts and approved electronic navigation equipment including GPS units for safe navigation. The Deck Toppers include rudimentary bathymetry lines for depth contours and shaded shallow waters for trip planning and visual references, as well as charted hazards such as rocks. This is generally sufficient for travel by paddle where shallow water is ideal for travel and sightlines necessary to spot hazards rather than depth sounders or electronic devices. They are meant as general reference only for boaters. This series is a compromise in detail and scale to keep the mapsheets attractive, readable and useful, and so is leaving the depth soundings to devices better suited to provide this critical information. This series is referred to as a map or mapsheet rather than a chart because it lacks the depth soundings of legal Hydrographic Services charts. However, anyone who has traveled with multiple charts knows the issues involved in carrying those, with fewer and fewer opting to use charts given the access to today's electronic devices. These handy mapsheets are meant to provide a much more user-friendly size and format than charts with additional land, service and water detail levels shown for trip planning. Additionally, they are printed on waterproof stock and priced much less expensively than charts. Take that, Hydrographic Services!