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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

 

Tow Hill Hike

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Tow Hill is a fascinating landmark of Haida Gwaii. It is a basalt outcrop that seems to rise out of the sands of North Beach. 

This scenic "Hill" has a trail that leads to its top. It is not a particularly long or strenuous hike, but a reasonnable level of fitness is required, as there are some steep sections.

This hike is listed on the brochure "Guide to Recreation sites and Trails of Haida Gwaii". 

To get to the trailhead, you have to go along Tow Hill Road, that starts in Masset and is the main road going East. It is approximately 25kms between masset and Tow Hill. Once you enter Naikoon Provincial Park, the road turns to gravel. It is not a logging road, but you should still be aware of oncoming traffic. Most rental companies will allow you to drive on this unpaved road. There is no fee to enter Naikoon Provincial Park. Some rules apply. 

Just before Tow Hill, is the Agate Beach Campground, where visitors can camp. There is a fee to camp there. Sites cannot be booked in advance and site allocation is on a first-come first-served basis. Each site has picnic tables and a fire pit, there are pit toilets in the campground, and a tap in the summer season. You should carry your drinking water in. 

At Tow Hill, which is almost the end of the road, there is a hard-to-miss parking lot just before the bridge across the Hiellen river. You should park there to start your hike. 

The hike first follows a gravel trail, before it becomes a boardwalk, with stairs climbing to the top. There are 2 lookouts, one approximately halfway up offers views of the Eastern part of North Beach and one can see all the way to Rose Spit on a clear day. The second lookout is at the very top and offers views of the Western part of North Beach, looking towards Masset. The lookout is overlooking Agate Beach, and one can see bogs and muskegs in Naikoon Provincial Park. On a clear day, the islands you can see in the distance looking North, are actually located in Alaska. 

Return via the same trail. 

Hikers can explore the other trails of the area such as the "Blowhole" or start walking on North Beach.

Bear in mind that even though it looks close, it is a long 10+kms hike in the sand to get to the end of North Beach and to Rose Spit. 

This popular landmark is also the subject of multiple blog entries on our site, such as: the "Legend of Tow Hill" or "Tow Hill Hike". Tow Hill is also a growing community and there are a few other attractions, accommodation options and places to eat in the area. Visit our Tow Hill Road section. 

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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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