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About This Conservancy
K’waal Conservancy protects an important river system, a small remote pristine lake, old-growth forests, several streams and wetlands. It has a diversity of wildlife habitats along with spectacular mountain scenery. Access into this wilderness area can be difficult and usually requires the use of jet boats. This conservancy borders with Alty Conservancy to the southwest.
The Quaal River estuary is one of the top-ranking wetlands on the North Coast. Large numbers of waterfowl, including the blue-listed Old Squaw and Trumpeter Swan, use these diverse wetlands, which extend from the intertidal zone up the river valley. Large numbers of salmon and steelhead also spawn in the river. The conservancy also contains yellow cedar, hemlock and amabilis fir stands, as well as muskeg and small lakes. The area is also socially and culturally important to the Gitga’at First Nation.
Conservancy Size: 3,300 ha – 3,260 ha of upland and 40 ha of foreshore in Kitkiata Inlet
Know Before You Go
- There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
- There are no facilities in the conservancy.
- Jet boats are commonly used for access up the Quaal River. It takes about 30 minutes to jet boat up the river to Backlund Creek. About another 15 minutes up the river there are several logs and fallen trees across the river which you can’t get past (UTM coordinates: Zone 09U; 5949115 m North; 0474712 m East).
Location and Maps
K’waal Conservancy is only accessible by boat, floatplane or helicopter and is located about 25 km north of Hartley Bay and 60 km southwest of Kitimat. The conservancy is located at the end of Kitkiata Inlet, along the west side of Douglas Channel, west of Hawkesbury Island and is bordered to the southwest with Alty Conservancy.
- Reference: Marine Chart #3743 (Douglas Channel).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/11 (Kitkiata Inlet).
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre:
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
K’waal Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on May 31, 2007 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.
The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. The conservancy contains one known archaeological site (pre-contact shell midden, habitation, burial site). The Gitga’at First Nation continues to use this area for traditional fishing, hunting, trapping, food harvesting and other cultural uses. The Indian Reserves at the end of Kitkiata Inlet and along Quaal River are excluded from the conservancy.
Use the below link for more information or to contact these First Nations.
- Gitga'at First Nation
- Gitxaala First Nation
PO Box 149
Kitkatla, BC V0V 1C0
Phone: 250 848-2214
Fax: 250 848-2238
The conservancy protects undisturbed old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, wetlands, wildlife habitat and much of the Quaal River watershed, including important salmon spawning habitat.
Eagles, waterfowl, bears, wolves, moose, deer and furbearers may be seen in the conservancy.