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Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry

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

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


The Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary - Village of Masset

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 Dal-kath-lieu is a Haida word meaning “Place of Cranes dancing” .

The Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction in the Village of Masset. It is one of a critical chain of coastal wetlands on the BC Coast and provides a rich feeding area during spring and fall migration.


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A number of late 1800/early 1900 discoveries of bird life in Delkatla Inlet (first discoveries for Canada) put Masset and Delkatla 'on the map' for scientists and ornithologists. Approximately 140 species of birds visit the sanctuary annually. Its proximity to the nesting grounds of Alaska and beyond makes it an exciting destination for naturalists and birders.


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What will you find in the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary?

The Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary is a migratory bird sanctuary (290 Hectares / 716 Acres) with viewing platforms, shoreline access viewpoints, short walking trails and a gravel road access to sandy ocean beaches. Greater White-fronted Geese are present from late April to late May. Greater Sandhill Cranes feed in the meadow in June and July and Green-winged Teal and other dabbling ducks feed along the water’s edge in fall and winter.


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Thousands of Western and Least Sandpipers sweep through in the spring. Greater Yellowlegs usually show up in late March and Townsend’s Warblers arrive in late April to sing from the tall conifers along Cemetery Road. Resident Varied Thrushes begin singing in March. Nesting Lincoln’s, Song and Fox Sparrows flit among the low bushes on the edge of the meadows.

Birds in the sanctuary can be viewed year-round at any one of the three accessible viewing towers - the Simpson Tower on Cemetary Road, the Stewart Tower on Tow Hill Road and the viewing tower adjacent to the Nature Centre.

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The Delkatla Nature Centre (Interpretive Centre)

The Delkatla Nature Centre houses a number of plant, marine and wildlife displays as well as providing sales of local art and t-shirts.

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Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary and Interpretive Centre

The Centre opens from the May long weekend to the end of September. Summer hours are Thursday to Sunday from 2-4 pm. The centre will also open throughout the year for individuals, bus tours or groups with a little advance notice. Call 250 626-5087250 626-5087 or 250 626-5015250 626-5015 or by email

Cost of admission $2 for Interpretive Centre and there is no charge for sanctuary walks

Although the centre closes for winter, visits for schools and tours can be arranged year round. Birding tours are also available at a cost of $50 per hour and focus upon local, important bird use areas. Contact 250 626-5015250 626-5015 or email

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Contact Us

Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

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