201 Brooks Peninsula Kayaking and Boating Map
About Brooks Peninsula: Brooks Peninsula exemplifies the untamed, wild nature of the outer Vancouver Island coast. The various features of this region may be found elsewhere in British Columbia, but rarely together in such magnificent harmony. Picture long stretches of pristine shoreline backed by forested mountains where roads have never encroached, rich in marine and bird life, dotted with numerous island clusters, beautiful wilderness camping locations and compelling history. Suffice it to say, Brooks Peninsula is a supremely special location.
Brooks Peninsula has the advantage of being accessible from both the north and the south. Both approaches offer vastly different styles of touring. From Kyuquot Sound, the general route is through the Mission Group Islands to the Bunsby Islands, then perhaps a visit along the south side of Brooks Peninsula. From the north, launch sites are closer to the peninsula, but conditions on the water can be wilder. The main consideration for either trip is the time to get here and the time needed to explore. Don’t cut yourself short – weeks could be spent on either side and you would still just scratch the surface.
About this mapsheet: This map perfect for those heading to Brooks Peninsula. Use it in conjunction with #106 North Vancouver Island if you are arriving from the north, or #202 Kyuquot Sound if arriving from the south. The area includes from Heater Point in Side Bay, all of Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park plus Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve and the Bunsby Islands -- many of the best areas to explore in British Columbia. Boaters will want to use it for orientation including anchorages in Klaskino Inlet, Klaskish Inlet, Columbia Cove and other refuges as well as for an overview of the entire region's shoreline, rock by rock. Perfect for visual orientation in addition to other navigation resources such as paper and electronic charts that lack the ease-of-use that Deck Toppers provide.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 Brooks Peninsula or for anyone simply dreaming of visiting this remarkable location.
Don't forget the guide book: The perfect companion to the mapsheet is the BC Coast Explorer Vol. 2, 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/chart 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 Wild Coast mapsheets 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!