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Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy
About This Conservancy
Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy protects all of Fin Island, along with its surrounding islets, rocks, bays and foreshore. Located within the Hecate Lowland and North Coast Fjords Ecosection, this rocky island protects high archaeological, cultural, and bio-diversity values.
The Island has three sheltered bays (Brant, Curlew, Hawk) which are used by recreational boaters and saltwater anglers for sheltered anchorage and shore visits for picnics.
Established Date: July 13, 2006
Conservancy Size: 1,902 ha
Know Before You Go
- There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
- There are no facilities in the conservancy.
Location and Maps
Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy is only accessible by boat and located about 17 km southwest of Hartley Bay and 100 km southwest of Kitimat. Fin Island is located at the north end of Squally Channel, between Farrant Island and Gil Island.
- Reference: Marine Chart #3742 (Otter Passage to McKay Reach).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Maps #103 H/3 (Gil Island) and #103 H/6 (Hartley Bay).
Kitimat Visitor Information CentrePO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
Phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 14, 2006 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 middens) and continues to be used by local First Nations for the harvest of clams and other foods. There is one Indian Reserve (IR #6; “Lachkul”) on the island, which is located west of Howard Islet. Use the below links for more information or to contact these First Nations.
- Gitga'at First Nation
445 Hayimiisaxaa Way
Hartley Bay, BC V0V 1A0
- Gitxaala First Nation
PO Box 149
Kitkatla, BC V0V 1C0
The conservancy protects a whole coastal island containing undisturbed old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, small lakes, ponds and wetlands, coastal wildlife habitat, including the marine foreshore and intertidal areas.
Wolves and deer can be seen on Fin Island. Humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins and harbour seals can also be seen in the waters near Fin Island.
- Management Planning Information
Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy Management Plan [PDF 1.41MB]
The management plan for Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy was amended in January 2016.