207 North Clayoquot Sound Kayaking and Boating Map
About North Clayoquot Sound: Clayoquot Sound (pronounced Cla-kwot) has come to define the British Columbia coastal rainforest. Because of its broad natural appeal, it has become a focal point for environmental debates and protests. Several victories resulted from those, including the creation of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. A scientific panel was also formed to oversee forest practices. That has slowed industry, but not stopped it, and so Clayoquot continues to be at the forefront of environmental battles, including in recent years logging east Flores Island and a strip mining proposal for the Catface Range. The biggest change for Clayoquot Sound came in 1995 when numerous parks were created to protect the entire outer coast of Clayoquot, from Hesquiat Peninsula down through Flores Island. In addition, parks were created in Sydney Inlet and Sulphur Passage, while massive Strathcona Provincial Park received a major increase in size with the Megin-Talbot addition, pushing the western park border to the Shelter Inlet shoreline. This creates the opportunity for some wonderfully secluded and wild paddling trips into north Clayoquot Sound, as few others venture this far into the upper waterways.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet packages the northern waters of Clayoquot Sound including the northern limits of Vargas and Meares islands (to mesh and slightly overlap with mapsheet #208), all of Flores Island, the major waterways of the area (Shelter Inlet, Herbert Inlet, Maurus Passage and Bedwell Sound) and Hot Springs Cove. Those starting from Tofino will want to have mapsheet #208 as well, and mapsheet #206 Hesquiat Peninsula for those continuing west and north of Hot Springs Cove.
The mapsheet layout: The layout is a regional overview on the full page of one side, and on the other side travel planning details such as expected water conditions, what to see and do, the First Nations context, and tons of background information on the various parks and attractions, including Gibson Provincial Park, Flores Island Provincial Park, Sydney Inlet Provincial Park and Sulphur Passage Provincial Park.
The mapsheet construction: The mapsheet is created by Wild Coast Publishing using some of the latest technology available to provide a high-quality printed image on waterproof/durable synthetic polymer stock. The stock is picked as the best for the purpose, and is significantly thicker than most papers at 10 mil weight.
About the Clayoquot mapsheet series: Three mapsheets detail Clayoquot Sound from the south tip of Nootka Sound through Hesquiat Peninsula, past Flores and Vargas islands to Tofino. Each map is designed to complement one another with enough overlap to be useful on the water yet each providing oversight of a distinct section of the Clayoquot coast.
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 and other small craft 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, which means 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 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!