About this region: Getting to Hakai is the challenge, but once you arrive, the possible trips are as varied as any on the coast: the protected waters of the archipelagos near Stryker Island, the convoluted channels of Gale Passage or Joassa Channel, the white sands of the McMullin Group, the idyllic and historic waters of Troup Passage, the ruins of Namu, or the distant and formidable trips up the northern inlets to incredible mountainous terrain like Ellerslie Falls or Fiorland (covered in other mapsheets in this series, but close enough to be part of a Hakai/Bella Bella adventure route).
A common path for visitors to Bella Bella is to head south down Raymond Channel to go as far as your interests, ability and luck with weather take you. An obvious destination is Calvert Island (see mapsheet #248), but there are enough passages, inlets and lagoons here to keep you busy exploring for a lifetime. A problem can be that good camping locations are few and far between, but when you find one, it is usually sublime – a wilderness getaway about as remote and wild as wild can still be.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet covers the waterways and archipelagos of the north end of Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy to Bella Bella, This includes the Bardswell Group, Hunter Island, Campbell Island, Denny Island and the surrounding island clusters including the Goose Group. It will be invaluable for an Inside Passage Transit for the area from Fitz Hugh Sound from Koeye River through Fisher Channel and Lama Passage to Bella Bella then the start of Seaforth Channel. The north continuation of Seaforth will be in mapsheet #251 to Klemtu, while southern Hakai including Calvert Island is mapsheet #248.
The mapsheet layout: The layout is a regional overview on the full page of one side, and on the other planning details such as expected water conditions, logistics, the First Nations context and campsite and attraction 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. 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.
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/or approved electronic navigation equipment including GPS units for safe navigation. The Deck Toppers include rudimentary bathymetry lines for depth contours and shaded shallow watersfor 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. These mapsheets are meant as a general reference 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!