Kyuquot Recreation OVERVIEWAs in other communities along the west coast, Kyuquot community members are looking for opportunities to diversify and expand their economies while protecting sensitive resources and values. Recreational activities which stimulate the local economy are being explored with renewed interest, as the traditional resource-based income from commercial fishing and logging has diminished. As recreational activities become important revenue providers, the integrated management of provincially owned public lands, park and ecological reserve establishment, and tenure of coastal foreshore and inland waters become increasingly important.
Among the primary recreational activities/opportunities in the Kyuquot region are:
Kyuquot Sound, along with Quatsino Sound to the north, is well situated to intercept migratory Chinook salmon runs heading south for Nootka Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Barkley Sound and the Fraser River. The best Chinook fishing is during the months of June, July, and August. Chinook fishing peaks in mid-August, while the Coho fishing continues into October. Although most fishing in Kyuquot Sound is done near shore, boats are exposed to large swells, rocks, and kelp beds, and it is advised to hire a guide or travel with someone who is familiar with the local waters. There are several fishing resorts situated in the area, as well as the small village of Kyuquot.
The Kyuquot region is an ideal location for the experienced seakayaker, with secluded sandy beaches and a variety of marine wildlife such as sealions, seals, sea otters, whales and dolphins. There are protected waters in the Sound, and exposed, open waters of Checleset Bay leading up to Brooks Peninsula. The region has miles of inlets, sheltered islands and uncountable bays.
Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park is a 14km peninsula northwest of Kyuquot. Brooks peninsula is the only part of Vancouver Island to escape glaciation, and today produces plant species found nowhere else. This remote wilderness park is over 50,000 hectares in size.
There is no road access to the park. Boat access is from Fair Harbour and Kyuquot on Kyuquot Sound. There are no facilities available in this undeveloped park.
Rugged Point Provincial Park is located on the eastern shore of Kyuquot Channel, approximately 35 km west of the town of Zeballos. This remote wilderness area offers magnificent scenery, challenging hiking trail and preserves one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the entire west coast. Experienced kayakers and ocean paddlers launch from Fair Harbour to set off down Kyuquot Channel to explore the isolated waters around Rugged Point Provincial Park. Wilderness camping, swimming and fishing are added attractions of the park.
Rugged Point is accessed from the boat launch at Fair Harbour on Tahsis Inlet or from Kyuquot.
Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve (33,000 hectares) is located north of Kyuquot Sound and borders Brooks Peninsula. It was established in 1981 to provide sufficient high-quality marine habitat for a reintroduced population of sea otters to increase their range and abundance to the point that they are no longer endangered.
Ecological reserves are not created for outdoor recreation. Most ecological reserves, however, are open to the public for non-destructive pursuits like hiking, nature observation and photography. Landing along the shoreline of Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve is restricted to protect sensitive wildlife and their habitats. Permission to land is required.
Big Bunsby Provincial Marine Park was established to focus recreation use away from Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve, located on the west side of Gay Passage. Accessible only by boat, this marine park offers sheltered anchorages and excellent sea kayaking opportunities. There are no developed campsites at this park. First Nations reserves located within the Bunsby Islands are not for recreational use.
Tahsish-Kwois Provincial Park is located at the head of Kyuqout Sound, approximately 20 km east of the village of Kyuquot. The park is an extensive area of more than 10,000 hectares. Species found in the park include Roosevelt elk, bear, waterfowl, and varieties of fish. There are low elevation old growth forests and steep forested slopes leading to rugged mountains and spectacular karst (deep gulleys, caves) features. The park comprises the entire watersheds of Kwois and Silburn creeks, and the watershed of the Tahsish River downstream of the confluence with a major tributary draining southeast from Mt. Renwick.
Access is by small boat from Kyuquot or Fair Harbour, or by rugged hiking trails off logging roads to the outfall of the Artlish River near the head of Tahsis Inlet. Travel in the park is restricted to boating or walking.
Dixie Cove Provincial Park
This 156 hectare park on Hohoae Island, approximately 25 km northwest of Zeballos, provides the best all-weather anchorage in Kyuquot Sound and a scenic stopover where boats can anchor and enjoy spectacular views of surrounding mountains. The wilderness area behind the anchorage contains old-growth rainforest. From this anchorage you can safely explore nearby Rugged Point Provincial Marine Park and the rest of Kyuquot Sound. Access to this park is by boat only.