Thursday 18 August 2016

BCO Coastal Gems: Kyuquot

Kyuquot is a west coast village well known as a fishing destination and rich in First Nations and homesteader 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 even a seasonal restaurant. Some of the local residents are third generation of families who settled in the area. Most visitors come for the fishing, but there are also opportunities for other marine adventures, such as whale watching and kayaking.

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 (there is a First Nations village on Walters Island as well, pictured below), fur trading, whaling, forestry and fishing all as part of the development and story.

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