218 Central Gulf Islands Kayaking and Boating Map
About this region: The Gulf Island north of Saltspring create a sheltered inner sea that is invariably several steps more placid than most other locations on the British Columbia coast, even adjacent locations such as the Strait of Georgia. This is thanks in large part to the land bridge of Galiano, Valdes and Gabriola Islands. Together they shelter a rich collection of island clusters where land and water combine for a rare visual and ecological richness. These can be found in places such as Wallace Island and de Courcy islands, where sandstone sculptures, an arbutus ecology and intertidal life create a subtle but rich tapestry of destinations.
Outside that protected basin, the attractions change. Here you get wilder sea conditions and geography, along with wilder waterways to reach them – such as Porlier and Gabriola passes. Once outside, though, treats include Dionisio, a provincial park set on the outskirts of Porlier Pass, and Wakes Cove, a forested retreat on the north tip of Valdes Island. Valdes constitutes the largest of the Gulf Islands without ferry or electrical service, making it a relative enclave from traffic and congestion. It and other locations present a fantastic menu of locations to explore.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet covers the waterways in the northernmost section of the Gulf Islands off southeast Vancouver Island, and so includes north Galiano, Thetis, Penelakut, Valdez, Gabriola Island and the De Courcy Group, plus Nanaimo Harbour and Newcastle Island Provincial Park. Key attractions are the many provincial parks including Wallace Island, Dionisio, Pirates Cove and Waves Cove, among others.
The mapsheet layout: The layout is a regional overview on the full page of one side, and on the other side a detailed closer-perspective view of Nanaimo Harbour as well as a regular scale showing Gabriola Island. Also included are planning details such as expected water conditions, trip planning information and campsite information.
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 Gulf Islands series: Wild Coast Publishing is offering three Gulf Islands mapsheets in its Deck Topper map series. The area immediately south is covered in mapsheet #217 East Gulf Islands and so includes all of Saltspring Islands, the other major Gulf Islands including Saturna, the Penders and Mayne plus Active Pass and South Galiano as well as the smaller islands down to Swartz Bay. Mapsheet #216 Saanich-Sidney details the region to the south including all of Saanich Peninsula, Saanich Inlet and the islands of Haro Strait off Sidney
About 'Central' instead of 'North': For years, the Gulf Islands off east Vancouver Island could be divided nicely into north and south, with the islands north of Saltspring Island known as such and all else south. Even though transit is often east-west, the north-south orientation follows in most references, so for instance you travel north or south through Dodd Narrows. It all fell apart recently when BC Ferries decided to market and label all other islands in the Georgia Basin as "North Gulf Islands," even though they are not Gulf Islands at all. This means for travel information, places such as Bowen Island, Texada Island, Quadra Island and Cortes Island are now referred to as North Gulf Islands. This means the former north Gulf Islands in the true sense cannot be called that without conflicting with the definition offered by BC Ferries. So we opted to name them the Central Gulf Islands for this mapsheet. Blame BC Ferries.
Buy all three and save: Purchase all three mapsheets in the Gulf Islands Series (mapsheets #216-218) with our Mapsheet Bundle, and save at $34.95 for the package instead of $38.85 individually.
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 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.