203 North Nootka Sound Kayaking and Boating Map (including Nuchatlitz)
About North Nootka: Archipelagos have a special attraction for paddlers and boaters alike, but nowhere is the attraction more magnificent than the West Coast of Vancouver Island, where the power of the ocean, the beauty of the land and the diversity of the environment meld in such drama. This amazing combination defines Nuchatlitz Provincial Park.
Nuchatlitz is the focal point for the North Nootka region, reached relatively easily from either Tahsis or Zeballos. It is also a gateway to many nearby opportunities for exploration on water, including Catala Island Provincial Park, Nuchatlitz Inlet and the more imposing outer shoreline of Nootka Island.
Tahsis and Zeballos provide good road access (by logging road standards, at least) with a full level of services including water taxi, which can remove the risk and anxiety of a transit. The inner waterways, by contrast, offer mountainous vistas, winding channels and enough attractions and campsites to be worthwhile on their own.
About this mapsheet: Use it in conjunction with #202 Kyuquot Sound if you are continuing or arriving from the north, or #204 Nootka Island and #205 Nootka Sound if continuing south. Or buy all three Nootka mapsheets and save in the Nootka Mapsheet bundle.
This map includes 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 Nootka 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!