Thursday 3 October 2013

Coastal Hidden Gems: Kyuquot

Kyuquot is a west coast village well known as a fishing destination and rich in First Nations history. Kyuquot Sound is one of five major waterways on the west coast of Vancouver Island, north of Gold River, where the fishing is exciting and the scenery breath-taking. It is a place to experience the true west coast.

The small village of Kyuquot is on Walter's Island in a sheltered bay. It is home to a general store, a government dock and about 300 residents. Most visitors come for the fishing, but there are also opportunities for other marine adventures, such as whale watching and exploring the region. Sea otters are becoming a more frequent sight as well along the west coast of the island.

Kyuquot is accessible by water or air only. Fair Harbour is the closest drive-to community, and that is a three and a half hour drive from Campbell River, mostly on gravel roads. It is a 30 minute boat ride and water taxi can be arranged ahead of time. One can also fly in from Gold River, or take the passenger boat from Gold River (MV Uchuck III).

The region has a true west coast history, with high First Nations significance, fur trading, whaling, forestry and fishing all as part of the development and story.
Ed says Kyuquot is "one of Vancouver Island's very few communities that still make the west coast of Vancouver Island their home. The abundant sea life is amazing."

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