About Barkley Sound: One of the remarkable characteristics of Barkley Sound is the division between the Broken Group Islands and the Deer Group – two very different archipelagos set within the same body of water. Whereas the Broken Group Islands are a maze, the Deer Group is linear. The Broken Group is in a national park; the Deer Group is a mishmash of reserves, First Nations treaty land, private property and Crown land. This means unregulated campsites instead of national park sites, and mixed uses such as a resort on Tzartus Island and a yacht club outpost in Robbers Pass.
But for exploration, the Deer Group can have as much to offer as the Broken Group: fewer secluded passages but a highly complex shoreline, a scattering of casual camping locations plus a good chance of meeting up with whales, which are regular visitors in Trevor Channel.
Options for destinations are numerous. Bamfield is the most common starting point, though kayakers could easily cross Imperial Eagle Channel to mix a Broken Group trip with Deer Group destinations.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet packages the waters through most of Barkley Sound from Secret Beach to Pachena Bay, including the Deer Group and the Broken Groups Islands. It is best for explorations from Bamfield and trips that include the Deer Group and possibly the Broken Group as well. Trip information is for the Deer Group and the inlets and water features on the east side of Barkley Sound, with a double-sized scale map of the Deer Group for trips to that area. It could also be used for trips for the Broken Group Islands from Secret Beach, but the descriptions and trip information for the Broken Group are in mapsheet #210, plus map details for the west shoreline and the Ucluelet area. Mapsheet #210 also includes a double-scale enlargement of the Broken Group Islands as an additional resource. Both mapsheets in tandem will allow a full exploration of Barkley Sound and details for all portions.
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 the Deer Group Islands for trips out of Bamfield.
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.
Don't forget the guide book:The perfect companion to the mapsheet is theBC Coast Explorer Vol. 1, which goes into much greater details about the features, attractions travel logistics and history.
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 offeredhere. 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.