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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

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

Destination Marketing Organization

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