216 Saanich-Sidney 'Deck Topper' Kayaking and Boating Map
About this region: This area is a beautiful location for novice kayakers to get their feet wet, so to speak, thanks to the relatively short distances required to reach a destination, the placid waters once on the way and the many accessible places to start a trip. Pristine locations such as Sidney Spit, D’Arcy Island and Portland Island can all be reached with little more than an hour or two of padding – an achievable itinerary for almost every skill level if you pay attention to the weather forecasts and rules regarding prevailing conditions.
The star, of course, is Portland Island with its three camping areas, anchorages, trails and rich intertidal life to view on a low-tide circumnavigation, a definite highlight for the area. However, D’Arcy, Rum and Sidney islands offer their own unique features that make for a wonderfully accessible yet rewarding circuit.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet covers the waterways on both sides of Saanich Peninsula, and so includes Saanich Inlet to the west and Haro Strait to the east. This makes it the ideal travel companion for trips out of Sidney, Island View, Swartz Bay, Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay to destinations such as DArcy Island, Sidney Spit, Isle-de-Lis and Portland Island.
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 complex waterways around Swartz Bay and Coal Island to Portland Island. Also included are planning details such as expected water conditions, what to see and do, the First Nations context, launching locations and background on the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
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 north of Saanich Peninsula is covered in mapsheet #217 East Gulf Islands, which includes Saturna, Mayne, Penders and Saltspring islands in their entirety plus Active Pass and south Galiano Island. Mapsheet #218 Central Gulf Islands continues north to include points north of Saltspring including north Galiano, Thetis, Penelakut, Valdez, Gabriola Island and the De Courcy Group, plus Nanaimo Harbour and Newcastle Island Provincial Park.
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 Deck Topper Kayaking and Boating 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.
New: Due to increasing worldwide issues surrounding plastics, Wild Coast Publishing is offering the option of ordering this map free of a plastic sleeve. The plastic sleeve is reusable if you open it using the resealable tab at the bottom (as opposed to ripping it open). The sleeve is also recyclable, but given the current difficulties with plastics overall, we urge you to order your map free of exterior plastic wrapping.
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!