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Walters Cove/Kyuquot, BC

Walters Cove is a charming village. A public pier at the head of the bay, with a long float on each side, provides free, first-come, first-served transient moorage. No power is available, but there’s garbage at the pier head and the store can sell you fresh water. The store, right at the top of the dock, has limited hours (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), though we’ve found it surprisingly well–stocked with produce. Don’t count on resupplying here, but you may be pleasantly surprised by the selection. No liquor or fuel is available. There’s no cell phone service, either, but there is a functioning payphone on the pier.

The public wharf is a busy place. About 200 members of the Kyuquot Band live on the north side of the cove. Dinghies criss-cross the bay constantly, often tying up at the public pier.

We’re told cruisers are welcome to visit the Kyuquot Band float, on the north shore, but there’s not usually room for larger boats. Locals have been helpful in supplying fresh water and a small convenience store may be operating.

The Kyuquot Inn and Java the Hutt coffee shop/restaurant are a pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the dock. Turn left at the top of the dock. The walk leads through forest and tastefully maintained front yards as it winds along the shoreline. The Kyuquot Inn and Java the Hutt are owned by Eric Gorbman, a caterer from Seattle, and they serve good food and coffee, along with free (and often very slow) WiFi. They also have showers and laundry facilities. Cash only. 

The Uchuck III, a 1940s vintage supply boat, arrives in Walters Cove each Thursday. It ties up to the pier and unloads cargo and exchanges passengers. We enjoy watching the process.

We’ve been told not to anchor in Walters Cove due to extensive cables that run throughout the bay.

Lat/Lon: {50.026738348159284,-127.37534469755087}


Anchorage/Holding: None
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: Yes
Protection: Good
Public/Private: Public
Fee: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Electric: None
Garbage: No
Pumpout: No
Maintenance: No
Groceries: No
Laundry: No
Liquor: No
Transportation: No
Cell Service: None
WiFI: No

WiFi, showers, and laundry at the Kyuquot Inn.

Slowboat Tips and Activities

Entry/Exit Hazards

The entrance channel is narrow and winding, but well-marked and well-charted. Approach slowly and follow the chart and buoys carefully. Sport fishing boats frequent the area; don’t let them force you from the channel.

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Last update of this page: Oct 10, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: August 27, 2019

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