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Wander through the ancient rainforests amidst the giant Sitka Spruce and Red Cedar - Photo: Guy Kimola

Haida Gwaii is the only place in northern BC where travellers can surf the North Pacific. While the waves are best between October and May, Masset's North Beach produces swell year round - Photo: Guy Kimola

Haida Gwaii's experienced tour operators will help you to explore the islands from the remote west coast to popular attractions such as Tow Hill, the Blow Hole and the Golden Spruce Trail - Photo: Guy Kimola

We've got a selection of camping locations just right for you - forest sites thick with carpets of moss, rustic beach campsites and comfortable campgrounds with showers and hook-ups - Photo: Flavien Mabit

Explore our popular rainforest and beach walks such as the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, the Golden Spruce Trail and Spirit Lake Trail - Photo: Flavien Mabit

Visit ancient Haida village sites in the world-renowned Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site - Photo: Flavien Mabit

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the scenic remains of the Pesuta, a log ship that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

North Beach is known for its beachcombing and food gathering opportunities as well as surfing and other water sports. Plan for a day at the beach and visit nearby attractions such as Tow Hill and the Blow Hole - Photo: Guy Kimola

Agate Beach is adjacent to North Beach and is famous for... you got it....agates. Oceanfront campsites and a picnic shelter are located at this popular beach - Photo: Guy Kimola

Visit the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre and Museum at Second Beach in Skidegate - Photo: Guy Kimola

 

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 delkatla@mhtv.ca

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 delkatla@mhtv.ca

Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

 

Contact Us

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Haida Gwaii Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@mieds.ca | telephone: 250-559-8050

Queen Charlotte Visitor Info Centre

open year round
website: www.queencharlottevisitorcenter.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Masset Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Port Clements Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.portclements.ca
email: pcmuseum@qcislands.ca | telephone: 250-557-4576

Sandspit Visitor Information Centre

open in the summers
website: www.sandspitinn.com/sandspit-community
email: sandspit_vic@hotmail.com | telephone: 250-637-5362

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