About Hesquiat Peninsula: Hesquiat Peninsula is set just about perfectly in the middle of nowhere between Nootka and Clayoquot sounds. This distance and isolation makes it a compelling destination for those reasons alone. But you can also add the wildlife, sublime coastal scenery, and odd attractions such as a distinct historic lighthouse and historic gardens. These features are all bridged by the Hesquiat Trail, a coastal hike between beaches, rock platform and boulders through terrain less a trail and more as nature intended.
Still, it is a location rarely visited. A few people may stray up from Tofino to explore into Hesquiat Harbour. Fewer still will attempt a transit, those generally being circumnavigators of Vancouver Island or those on more lengthy regional trips down the coast. Still others may venture south from Nootka Sound to visit Escalante Point, often as part of an open-ocean venture that coupled with Yuquot and south Nootka Island make one of Vancouver Island’s most varied and exciting paddling destinations. Just beware this is open ocean! It is not a casual location to visit.
About this mapsheet: This mapsheet packages the northern waters of Clayoquot Sound to Shelter Inlet and north including all of Hesquiat Peninsula. Those starting from Tofino will want to have mapsheets #207 #208 as well, while those arriving from Nootka Sound will benefit from mapsheet #203.
The mapsheet layout:The layout is a regional overview on the full page of one side, and on the other side travel planning details such as expected water conditions, what to see and do, the First Nations context, and tons of background information on the various attractions including the Hesquiat Trail.
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 Clayoquot mapsheet series: Three mapsheets detail Clayoquot Sound from the south tip of Nootka Sound through Hesquiat Peninsula, past Flores and Vargas islands to Tofino. Each map is designed to complement one another with enough overlap to be useful on the water yet each providing oversight of a distinct section of the Clayoquot coast.
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.Buy two mapsheets, and the price of the companion guide book will be reduced 50% at checkout. That's a savings of $17.47.
Get the Expedition pack: If you are transiting the coast or interested in more of the West Coast Vancouver Island titles, the West Vancouver Island Expedition Pack is your value option. Get all mapsheets #201 to #211 from Side Bay and Brooks Peninsula to Bamfield and Barkley Sound in one set. This saves significantly over the individual purchase price of the 11 mapsheets.
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.
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