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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


Pesuta Shipwreck Trail





This popular trail is a non-strenuous hike of about 3 to 4 hours return (about 10km return). This trail is listed on the excellent brochure, available online, "Guide to Recreation Sites and Trails of Haida Gwaii".

Scenic Pesuta Shipwreck - Flavien Mabit

This popular trail follows the Tlell River through the rainforest taking you along East Beach to the scenic remains of the Pesuta, a log ship that ran aground in 1928. 

Along the Tlell river - Flavien Mabit

For this hike, as for any other hike on the islands, you should have some sturdy footwear, carry some water and a snack, and some raingear and warm clothing as the weather on island is unpredictable and can change fast. Please also note that the tides can affect the look of the trail, and it might be worth checking a chart before leaving. It is easier to do this hike on a lower tide as you will be able to follow the Tlell river banks (which is a tidal river as you get closer to the estuary). There is an optional trail through the forest when the tide is too high to follow the banks of the river, that is sometimes harder to follow, as it is less used, and will also be more strenuous. 

Arriving on East Beach - Flavien Mabit

The Trail Head is located just outside the community of Tlell, on the way to Port Clements, and just past the Tlell river bridge. There is a parking lot and a day-use area, with picnic tables and pit toilets. The hike goes through the Naikoon Provincial Park. You may want to visit the Naikoon Provincial Park's webpage and also check out their map of the Park.

The trail through the forest - Flavien Mabit

There have been numerous descriptions of the Pesuta Trail, including an excellent blog entry on our website, that will describe the hike, along with videos etc.

Another blog entry, submitted by a website user, is worth a read. 

East Beach grandeur - Flavien Mabit

The hike is also the start (or end) of the long-distance hike along the East Beach (over 80kms). This multiday, remote hike is described in another blog entry on our website


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