About this region: Sooke has been marketing itself as an alternative to Tofino (using the name “Wild Coast” to describe the region), and in many ways the strategy is working as Sooke transforms into a bustling area with new hotels and residential developments in the urban cores. A huge housing project is also underway by the T’sou-ke at Becher Bay. The heart remains, however, through the protected areas such as East Sooke Regional Park, Whiffin Spit and Race Rocks.
Victoria doesn’t need to build its image, as it has already established itself as a genteel centre of British colonial culture and architecture. Quirks, though, pervade the coast here. Gun turrets look south to non-existent enemies. A military test range shoots out armed missiles into the ocean for practice, but is nice enough to shut down when orcas swim by. An island ecological reserve shares space with a staffed lighthouse and communication towers. If you have a sense of humour as well as a sense of adventure, the coast from Sooke to Oak Bay has numerous highlights for a rewarding visit by paddle, while numerous trails make a stay on land a potential adventure as well.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet covers the from Sooke to Cordova Bay north of Victoria, and includes details of Sooke Basin, Esquimalt Harbour and Victoria Harbour. Covered are the first leg of the Salish Sea Marine Trail and the Victoria Waterway Loop Trail.
The mapsheet layout: The scale is an optimal 61,535:1 for the overview mapsheet, with blow-up inset maps of Sooke and Victoria-Esquimalt at 1:30,767 for extra detail. Covered are routes, features, attractions and hazards of the area.
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 four Gulf Islands mapsheets in its Deck Topper map series. Here are the series details:
#216 Saanich-Sidney:Use for trips originating into the nearby Gulf Islands from Sidney and Saanich Peninsula. Use also for Saanich Inlet. Ideal for adventures from D'Arcy Island to Portland Island.
#217 Outer Gulf Islands:This covers many the easternmost of the Gulf Islands including Saturna, Mayne and the Pender Islands as well as all of Saltspring Island, including Sansum Narrows and Cowichan Bay. Includes Montague Harbour on Galiano Island.
#218 Central Gulf Islands:For trips involving Galiano Island, including Active Pass, Mayne Island and points north as far as Porlier Pass and Thetis/Penelakut islands.
219 North Gulf Islands: For trips involving Nanaimo, Gabriola and Valdes islands, as well as trips as far south as Ladysmith including the De Courcy Group and Pirates Cove.
Buy a mapsheet bundle and save: Purchase the South Vancouver Island Expedition bundle to get all five South Vancouver Island mapsheets and save.
Don't forget the guide book:The perfect companion to the mapsheet is theBC 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 'Deck Topper' map series: In 2019, Wild Coast Publishing began 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 and up the southern BC coast then finally north through the Inside Passage. You can view the currently available list of mapsheets 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.
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