Updated for 2023.
About God's Pocket: The highway north through Vancouver Island ends abruptly at Port Hardy, 500 km north of Victoria. But in another sense it is just a beginning, a gateway to marine routes including British Columbia’s vast north and central coasts. Off Port Hardy lie Queen Charlotte Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, two intimidating bodies of water on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, the name given by environmentalists to add a poetic touch to campaigns to protect British Columbia’s embattled forest coastland. But visitors needn’t go far to touch on what makes the remote BC coast so intriguing. Within just a few kilometres of Port Hardy are numerous straits, channels, islets, reefs and several pocket archipelagos that give a sense of what the wild and remote British Columbia coast is all about. And for those seeking real adventure, it is also the route to Cape Scott and the wild northern tip of Vancouver island. This gives the potential for a double holiday covering two very different types of coastal environments.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet packages the waters from Fort Rupert, just east of Port Hardy to Shushartie Bay to the west. This includes God's Pocket Marine Park, Goletas Channel, Deserters-Walker Groups, Nigei Island, Bate Passage, Vansittart Island and all archipelagos and locations leading from Port Hardy to the east entrance to Cape Scott Provincial Park. Use in conjunction with mapsheet #407 North Coast Trail for the current west extension. Eventually #244 Cape Scott will cover the marine travel portion of that route.
The mapsheet layout: The layout is a regional overview on the full page of one side, and on the other side a detailed package of trip planning 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.
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.
About the Wild Coast 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.
Cape Scott Marine Trail: This mapsheet is the first in the series that will cover the marine trail paddling route from Port Hardy north around the tip of Vancouver Island at Cape Scott then the return route through Quatsino Sound to Coal Harbour. In all five mapsheets will complete the route.
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