The Golden Spruce Trail - Yaaguun Gandlaay Heritage Site
This popular short Trail will bring the hiker to the site where the famous "Golden Spruce", aka "Kiidk'yaas" used to stand.
This trail is listed on the brochure "Guide to Recreation and Trails on Haida Gwaii".
The 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 located adjacent to the parking lot.
The large gravel paths, winding through the rainforest, are now wheelchair accessible, and the signage reflects the connection of the Golden Spruce to the Haida culture.
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 cedar tree enjoined with that of a hemlock tree.
The Golden 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 in 1997 by a logging protester. The trail to the site overlooking the location of the former attraction is now maintained by BC Parks. "The Golden Spruce" is also the title of a popular book by John Vaillant.
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.
For more pictures and information you may want to see our blog entry "The Golden Spruce Trail in Port Clements".