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Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The rainforest experience - moss carpeted paths, a lingering scent of fresh cedar and the sounds of silence - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

 

A trip to Gray Bay

By Claire Pasgrimaud

I had heard so much about Gray Bay over these past months that I could not leave Haida Gwaii before going there. A few days later, a plan is made and my friends and I will spend a couple of days there.

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

It´s D-Day and we are ready to hit the road. The van is full of camping gear and food for 2 days. As there is no water on site, we bring along a few gallons. Rain gear, hiking shoes and cameras also find a spot in our bags. 

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

From School Road in Sandspit, there is a sign that says "Kunxalas Conservancy, Gray Bay & Sheldens Bay". After a few kilometers of paved road, it narrows and becomes gravel with potholes -  welcome to one of the few logging roads on Moresby Island! The entire trip takes about 1 hour from Sandspit (about 25km).

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

Visitors to Gray Bay are asked to drive carefully as the ride can be bumpy and you might have to pull out to clear the way for logging trucks. You'll want to stop to take pictures on the way and capture the beauty of the area.

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

When you arrive at Gray Bay you can chose between one of the 18 nice campsites located on the sandy shore of the bay. They are for both campers and tenters. Gray Bay is amazing for long walks on the beach. Some spots can be rocky, a perfect setting for creating land art particularly at low tide as you will find many shells. From the campground, allow half a day for the return hike to Gray Point. You can also choose to walk on the grassy trail (a former logging road) alongside the beach that takes you to Gray Point.

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

There are many dead trees on the way that can make the hike a little bit more difficult. Some fallen trees have become natural bridges and can help you to cross streams. 

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

Gray Bay is one of the most beautiful areas that I have seen on Haida Gwaii and I am happy I had the opportunity to go. It´s definitely one of the highlights of my visit.​ 

Photo Credit: Claire Pasgrimaud

 

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