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Canoe Camping Adventures on Haida Gwaii

Submitted by Marie Octaviano


My partner and I are very adventurous. We love the outdoors, especially exploring new camping spots on Haida Gwaii.

On a weekend in late July, we packed our camping gear, ATV and canoe, and off we went to our first destination, Rose Spit (north of Masset). We did not want to drive the truck on North Beach, all the way up to the spit, so we decided to use the ATV. The cruise to Rose Spit was awesome!

The waves were rolling in, and all we could see was a stretch of sandy beach. It was kind of overcast at North Beach, but by the time we got to our spot, the sun was setting. It was truly a wonderful sight!

Photo: Marie Octaviano

We unpacked, and had everything set up before the sun went down. The sound of waves was calming, and the view of North and East beach was breathtaking. I definitely recommend Rose Spit for camping!!

Photo: Marie Octaviano


We got up in the morning, had breakfast and discussed our next destination. Dan was talking about Kumdis Island (between Masset and Port Clements), and asked if I wanted to explore around it.  Of course I said yes! We planned to paddle up to Hogan Point and stay the night. We wanted to camp somewhere different; a place where we’ve never been. So off we went!

We launched the canoe by the bridge at Kumdis River. It was pretty tough because our timing was a little off. The tide was a bit low, but It was still fun!

While paddling down the river, we came across an old floating barge. We’ve heard of it, and saw pictures online before, but never in person. It was quite interesting!

Photo: Marie Octaviano

We decided to take the Kumdis Slough route, located at the south end of Masset Sound. We didn’t really know what to expect, because it was our first time going through there.

We passed some old homesteads on the way, and many Sandhill Cranes. As soon as we hit “The Divide”, which is known as the slough, we knew it would be a struggle! It was shallow…very shallow at some areas. The tide was low so we had no choice but to portage for a little bit. Dan got a picture of me, barely floating! I was relaxing and taking a break from portaging.

Photo: Marie Octaviano

The tide was going out, and the water was ankle deep. It was obviously impossible to paddle up the slough. It took us 6 hours to get to our destination that day.

We were tired, sore, but still had so much fun exploring the area. We stopped at a few camping spots along the way to check them out, but we wanted to get to Hogan Point before sundown.

We finally reached the north of Kumdis just before 9 p.m.  I was glad to see Masset Inlet and a camping ground!  We set up our tent, made a fire, and celebrated our accomplishment.

Photo: Marie Octaviano


We left the site early in the morning to catch the incoming tide. Both of us were sore from the previous day of paddling/portaging, so the tide really helped us for the first bit. We stopped a few times to stretch, rest, and eat.

After the halfway point of paddling the outside of Kumdis Island, the wind started to pick up and the rain started to pour… and they weren’t in our favor. Paddling against the wind was hard. My arms were burning, and it felt like we weren’t moving at all! We kept going.

Port Clements was in sight! We knew we were getting closer and closer to the truck. I didn’t think I had enough energy left. When I saw the old floating barge, I was ecstatic. Around the corner we paddled, and there it was…our truck! What a relief!

It was an amazing journey going around Kumdis Island. The ups and downs of the trip made it memorable.  If you are up for an adventure, we recommend paddling and exploring around Kumdis Island!!!


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