In This Conservancy

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Crab Lake Conservancy

About This Conservancy

Crab Lake Conservancy

Crab Lake Conservancy protects a scenic upland lake and the headwaters of Crab River. The conservancy represents some of the more spectacular characteristics found in the higher elevations of the Kitimat Ranges Ecosection, including massive rounded mountains of monolithic granite, a fringe of the higher elevation variant of the Coastal Western Hemlock zone that is characterized by old-growth conifer stands of western hemlock, western red cedar and amabilis fir, and forests representative of the Mountain Hemlock zone.

Above the Mountain Hemlock zone, the Alpine Tundra zone begins where forested patches give way to intermittent patches of krummholz western hemlock, yellow cedar and subalpine fir in a matrix of heath and herb meadow communities.

Crab Lake Conservancy contains a pristine lake, watershed, old-growth forests and wetlands in a remote and elevated setting near the Gardner Canal. It has a diversity of wildlife habitats and spectacular mountain scenery with high mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and smaller lakes and tarns. Access into this wilderness area can be difficult.

Conservancy Size: 12,789 ha

Know Before You Go

Special Notes

  • There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
  • There are no facilities in the conservancy.


Crab Lake Conservancy is only accessible by float plane or helicopter and is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Kitimat and 25 kilometers northeast of Hartley Bay.The lake is located about 4 kilometers inland and up the Crab River on the north side of Gardner Canal, east of Staniforth Point.
  • Reference: Marine Chart #3745 (Gardner Canal).
  • Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/10 (Devastation Channel).
Visitor Information Centre:
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
Phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Nature and Culture

  • History: Crab Lake Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 14, 2006 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.
  • Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Haisla First Nation. The Crab River area is important to the Haisla as it historically contained a village site that demarcated the traditional territories of two different tribes that are presently amalgamated as the Haisla First Nation.
    Use the below link for more information or to contact this First Nation.
  • Conservation: The conservancy protects the undisturbed old-growth forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat and watershed of Crab Lake.
  • Wildlife:

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Conservancy



Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring Crab Lake if they can get their boats to the lake.


There are opportunities for trout and char fishing in Crab Lake. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.


This conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.


Swimming is possible in the lake, but the water is cold all year-round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Waterfowl, bears, wolves, deer, mountain goats and furbearers may be seen in the conservancy.

Facilities Available at this Conservancy



Firewood is not provided. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of campfires by using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy but access may be a problem if the lake is frozen over.