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What to do
Hiking & Beachcombing
A new hiking map was produced in 2011. View the map in adobe pdf format and at the bottom of the page. The detailed, locally produced guide “Hikes on Haida Gwaii” by Fern Henderson is available at the Haida Gwaii Museum and many local stores and contains detailed information on many Island hikes. Also, the Tlell Watershed Society produced several interpretive guides for many of the less developed trails in the Tlell River Watershed. These guides are widely available from many of the merchants in the Tlell area and may provide an option for those travelers wanting a more remote wilderness experience.
Beachwalking for pleasure, in the winter or summer, is another great pastime here. Comb the sand for shells, uniquely shaped rocks, and seaweed. Storm watching in the winter and birdwatching in the spring or fall is fascinating.
ATV’s are not permitted on any of the hiking trails on the Islands.
Some of the more popular Island hiking routes are:
Rennell Sound- Duu Guusd Heritage Site/Conservancy: Easy hiking trails on the West coast of Graham island. Road access limited to high clearance vehicles with spare tires. Includes Rennell Sound Campsite, Five Mile Beach Trail, Gregory Beach Trail, Bonanza Beach Trail, and Cone Head.
Sleeping Beauty and Slatechuck Mountain Trails: Difficult terrain, limited to high clearance vehicle access. Trails climb to 729m up Mt.Geneviene and 1009m up Slatechuck Pass.
Spirit Lake Trail: Easy to Moderate Difficulty with access in the Village of Skidegate. Excellent family hike.
Haydn Turner Community Campsite and Trails: Easy hiking around the village of Queen Charlotte's community campground.
Kagan Bay Day Use Area and Camp Recreation Site: Easy hiking 2 km from Queen Charlotte down the Honna Mainline.
Sunset Park and Trail: Easy hiking in Port Clements along the Yakoun river estuary.
Golden Spruce Trail- Yaaguun Gandlaay Heritage Site/Conservancy: Easy trail outside of Port Clements approximately 20 minute walk.
Dover Creek Trail- Damaxyaa Heritage Site/Conservancy:" Moderate trail on Moresby Island outside of Sandspit a tthe Haans Creek bidge. Winds through the forest of large cedar and spruce trees.
Onward Point Trail: Outside of Sandspit, an easy trail through shoreline forest.
Kunxalas Heritage Site/Conservancy: Sheldons Bay Day Use and Gray Bay Campsite and Secret Cove Trail are Easy walks but take a high clearance vehicle.
Mosquito Lake Recreation Site: Easy hike with access for high clearance vehicle. Named after the mosquito bombers in the second World War - not the bugs.
Moresby Camp Recreation Site: Easy hike limited to high clearance vehicle with 8 rustic campsites and a boat launch
Pure Lake Provincial Park: Easy hike along Highway 16 between Port Clements and Masset. Lakeside picniking.
Naikoon North Park: Includes Tow Hill Day use, Cape Fife Trail, Rose Spit Trail, and Agate Beach Provincial Campground.
Naikoon South Park: Includes Tlell River Day use and Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, Mayer Lake Day Use Site, Misty Meadows Loop trail and park, and the East Beach Hike.
Anvil Trail- Tlall Heritage Site/Conservancy: Moderate trail along Highway 16 in Tlell. 5 km loop trail through rich floodplain and patches of old growth.
Yakoun Lake Trail- Yaaguun Suu Heritage Site/Conservancy: Easy to Moderate trail limited to high clearance vehicles located 22 km on the Queen Charlotte mainline. 20 minute walk through old growth to the sandy shore of Yakoun Lake.
Tow Hill / Blowhole Trail: 23 km east of Masset the trail follows the Hiellen River 100 meters to the Tow Hill Picnic Area. From the Picnic Area the trail follows one of two well marked routes.