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The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the remains of the Pesuta, a log barge that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Roadside whale-watching in May is a popular activity in Skidegate - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The rainforest experience - moss carpeted paths, a lingering scent of fresh cedar and the sounds of silence - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Looking Around and Blinking House at Windy Bay was built to provide shelter for people during the 1985 blockade against logging on Lyell Island - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

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

 

Dover Trail

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Overview

The "Dover Trail", named after a Sandspit lady of Haida ancestry, aka the "Louise Dover Memorial Trail", aka the "Haans loop", is located just out of the community of Sandspit, close to the marina. The trail goes through the Damaxyaa Heritage Site and Conservancy area and is maintained on a regular basis, mainly by locals. Please note that because it is user maintained, the path can sometimes be hard to follow, have some trees across the main trail, and be muddy and slippery. 

This hike is also listed on the Guide to Recreation sites and trails of Haida Gwaii

As you are heading to the ferry, the trailhead is located immediately after the Haans creek bridge, on your left. The Sandspit Community Map will show you where the trailhead is located. 

This trail can be wet, muddy and slippery at all times of year. Appropriate hiking shoes are mandatory. It is a good idea to wear proper hiking clothes as well, and carry some water with you. This trail, though only about 5 kms long, usually takes about 2 hours to complete, going at a moderate pace.

The trail first follows the right bank of Haans Creek before crossing the stream, and making a loop through more hilly terrain.

This is one of the few trails on islands that will take you into an old-growth forest: a forest that has not been extensively logged. The trail will first lead you through a typical river habitat, where tall Alder trees grow. If you decide to do the loop clockwise, the path then goes through a stand of giant Spruce, before going through a part of the forest with a predominance of Red Cedar and will finish by passing through a grove of Hemlock.

There is a chance that you may come across some wildlife while hiking this trail – there is always the possibility of coming across a bear or deer. The endemic species of black bears of Haida Gwaii (Ursus Americanus Carlottae) are not known for being aggressive and tend to steer clear of any interaction with people. Salmon season, from late August on, increases the chances of sighting bears. They are wild animals and you should not attempt to get close to them.

There are many different types of birds that you may come across, as well. Among the many birds that you may spot or hear, these would be the most common: warblers, woodpeckers, creepers, robins, thrushes and wrens. There are also, of course, ravens, crows and eagles.

Haans creek flows along the side of the path for a part of trail. There are young salmon growing in this creek, so it is important that the creek does not get disrupted in any way.

Approximately half way through the trail, a difficult, steep and slippery side trail, only about 400m one way, will take you to a very scenic waterfall. This waterfall is actually not part of Haans creek, but is a separate creek that flows nearby.

Though this trail is usually well marked, please remember that blowdown, floods etc. can change the trail's appearance.

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Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

website: www.queencharlottevisitorcentre.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

website: www.lovehaidagwaii.com/businesses/the-sandspit-visitor-centre
email: visitsandspit@gmail.com | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

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

Masset Visitor Centre

website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@gohaidagwaii.ca

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