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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

Experience the west coast at Bonanza Beach -Photo: Raven Ann Potschka


The Golden Spruce Trail - Port Clements

What's New?

The Golden Spruce trail lies within Yaaguun Gandlaay protected area which is co-managed by the Haida Nation and BC Parks. There's been a lot of activity out at the Golden Spruce trail over the past year. An inspiring display of community spirit and voluntary partnerships between BC Parks,  local contractors, labourers and the Village of Port Clements, have resulted in a rebuilding of the Golden Spruce Trail (see below for a list of the contributions that have made this project possible).

If you are on Haida Gwaii this week, check out the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 27 (2pm) and reception to follow.

The paths, winding through the rainforest, have been improved with crush and widened significantly, making the trail wheelchair accessible. The signage is impressive, reflecting the connection of the Golden Spruce to the Haida culture.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Tourism

A Brief History

The Golden Sitka Spruce was famous for its unique colour mutation. The tree was165 feet high and had needles with a golden colour.  It was estimated to be approximately 300 years old when it was felled illegally in 1997 by a logging protester. The trail to the site overlooking the location of the former attraction, is now maintained by BC Parks.

Photo Credit: Susan Laundry

Where is the Golden SpruceTrail?

The very popular Golden Spruce Trail is located approximately 3.5 km west of the Village of Port Clements and is accessible by the main logging road. The pullout to the trail is well marked with signage and an outhouse is conveniently located adjacent to the parking lot.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Tourism

The Golden Spruce Trail is an easy walk (approximately 10 minutes one way). Shortly after commencing the walk,a quick detour to the right will bring you to the base of ‘a’ huge trunk consisting of a cedar tree enjoined with that of a hemlock tree.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Tourism

You might wish to just sit here and take in the scene, but there's even more ahead! Retrace your steps back to the main trail which follows the Yakoun River. The river is somewhat tidal and slow moving – a very peaceful setting.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Tourism

The trail winds through the remains of an old growth forest, most recently logged in the 1950s. Wandering through the rainforest, one can't help but to feel the cares of the world being left behind.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Tourism

At the ‘official’ end of the trail, a bench overlooks the Yakoun River to the site where the once famous Golden Sitka Spruce had been located.

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

A seedling propagated from the Golden Spruce, was planted and nurtured in an enclosure at Port Clements Millennium Memorial Park. The seedling is accessible to the public for viewing. 

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Community contributions for this inspiring project, making the trail accessible to all, include:

Taan Forest - donated an unlimited supply of crush

Al Condrotte: donated machinery and labour

Project Contractors and Labourers:

C&C Beachy Contracting, Derex Equipment, D Kendal and Son, Eaglecrest Enterprises, O'Briens Road and Bridge, Village of Port Clements

Alan Lore, Leandre Vigneault,  Richard Nyeholt

James Nickerson: construction of the benches and outhouse

Ben Davidson / All About U Gallery: signage

Haida Heritage and Repatriation Society / Vince Collison and Lucy Bell: signage

BC Parks / Lucy Stefanyk:, Craig Paulson funding


Contact Us

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Haida Gwaii Destination Marketing Organization
email: | telephone: 250-559-8050

Queen Charlotte Visitor Info Centre

open year round
email: | telephone: 250-559-8316

Masset Visitor Centre

open in the summers
email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

Port Clements Visitor Centre

open in the summers
email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Sandspit Visitor Information Centre

open in the summers
email: | telephone: 250-637-5362

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