Map Atlas - Kyuquot Region
Database - West Coast


Kyuquot aquatic region
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Kyuquot OVERVIEW
This remote region lies south of the Brooks Peninsula and north of Nootka Island. Kyuquot Sound is one of the 5 major sounds indenting the West coast of Vancouver Island. Accessible only by air and water, it is scattered with islands and rocky shoals. The only road access for the region is at Fair Harbour, where there is a government dock, an unsupervised campsite and room for parking.

Kyuquot is the traditional territory of the Kyuquot/Checlesaht First Nation who have 26 reserves on 382 hectares. In 1962 the Kyuquot and Checleset Bands amalgamated, retaining Kyuquot as the band name.

First Nations people have lived here for hundreds of years. Archaeological sites containing the remnants of cultures that thrived here over the past several thousand years have been identified in the area. The original village site is on Aktis Island, where more than 2,000 Natives lived in the years before contact with the Europeans. Today, only about 30 residents remain in this location.

Kyuquot village has a K-12 school, post office, Red Cross medical clinic and telephone service. It also has a general store, a bed and breakfast, motel and seasonal restaurant. Water taxi and boat charter services are also available. Other than Kyuquot village, home to about 500 people, the region is mostly wilderness with the occasional small logging camp.

Kyuquot Sound once had thriving fur trading and whaling industries and as demand decreased and populations diminished, locals turned to fishing to make their living. Evidence of the Cachalot whaling station remains today. Commercial fishing, and to a lesser extent logging, finfish and shellfish aquaculture, sportfishing and adventure tourism are now the region's primary economic activities.

In the Kyuquot region there are diverse competing interests and uses for coastal nearshore and foreshore land. These interests include tourism activities and public recreation, aquaculture, and First Nation interests in traditional practices and protection of cultural values.The Kyuquot Sound Coastal Plan was completed in May 2003 to identify and prioritize potential uses of provincial foreshore and nearshore areas in the inlets and waterways of Kyuquot Sound. The process included participation with key interest groups, including industry, environmental and recreation organizations.

Pacific Octopus

Found in tidepools, rocky areas, low intertidal zone and subtidal waters to 500m. Average specimens have arm spread of 1.5m, with some individuals up to 3m across. Colour varies from reddish to brown; large pigmentation cells enable the octopus to change color to match its surroundings. The octopus was traditionally hunted for use as bait for halibut.