Friendly Cove/Yuquot, BC
Friendly Cove, also known as Yuquot, is a history-filled destination. Anchor anywhere in the cove in 10-75 feet, leaving plenty of room for the Uchuck III supply boat to get to the pier (do not anchor between the buoy and the dock). Holding is only fair and swells (and fishing boat wakes) can make the anchorage uncomfortable. Garbage drop is available on the pier but no other services are available.
Mooring Ball: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Cell Service: None
The dock is open to the public, although space is usually limited and swell can make it hazardous. Fees are assessed for landing in a dinghy or tying to the dock.
Slowboat Tips and Activities
Explore the light station, church, cemetery, and lake.
Only a few people live here now — The Williams family of the Mowachaht band, and two lightkeepers — but Yuquot was once the summer home of Chief Maquinna and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht people, housing approximately 1,500 natives in 20 traditional wooden longhouses. In the late 1700s, Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States were all competing for control of the west coast of North America, including Vancouver Island. By 1789, Spain claimed sovereignty over Nootka Sound, constructing the settlement of Santa Cruz de Nuca and Fort San Miguel in Yuquot. Throughout the summer of 1789, Spanish troops from Fort San Miguel seized non-Spanish ships and crews who arrived in Nootka Sound. Eventually tensions over these actions escalated into the Nootka Crisis and war between Spain and Britain was a serious threat.
Three Nootka Conventions, negotiated between 1792 and 1794, resolved the crisis. Friendly Cove/Yuquot is where Captains Vancouver and Bodega y Quadra met in 1792 to hash out some of the details. The Convention for Mutual Abandonment, signed in 1794, settled the issue for good. Both countries agreed that neither country would construct permanent settlements in Nootka Sound, both countries could use Nootka Sound as a port and for trading, and they would work together to ensure no other country claimed sovereignty of Nootka Sound.
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Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: September 2, 2019