Naikoon Provincial Park
There are many opportunities to explore the wonders of Naikoon Provincial Park, including several popular trails. Keep in mind that most of Naikoon is a remote wilderness area and safety is your personal responsibility. It is recommended that hikers venturing off the main trails inform a responsible friend or family member of their hiking plan, including destination, departure, and return time and date. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails, switchbacking, and trampling meadows, dunes, and bogs destroy plant life and soil structure which contributes to erosion.
Tow Hill / Blow Hole boardwalk – Hike to the Blow Hole (~1km) on a universally accessible boardwalk with interpretive signage which is suitable for wheelchairs. The boardwalk continues up Tow Hill to two additional lookouts with binoculars and interpretive signage then loops back to the trailhead (~2.5km). This hike will introduce you to Haida legends and culture, old growth forest, the Hiellen River, open ocean, fascinating geologic features, and wonderful views and wildlife.
Cape Fife Trail – For more adventurous and better equipped hikers, the 10km (one way) hike to the Cape Fife Cabin on East Beach offers the chance to hike old-growth forest on a semi-maintained and well marked trail that takes you past bogs, evidence of settler structures, and to endless beaches. The cabin has four bunks, a woodstove, outhouse, and is available on a first come basis (no reservations), so be sure to have a tent for backup if you wish to stay the night. There is little water on this route so be prepared. The shortest return is back along the trail to Tow Hill, however you can take a 20km hike along the beach north to Rose Spit then back to Tow Hill on North Beach.
White Creek Trail – Starting at the beach where White Creek meets the sea a rustic trail leads inland along an old settler road, through old growth forest of cedar and spruce, and up to the bog. Fascinating plant and animal life live in this delicate ecosystem, and beautiful views stretch to the horizon into Naikoon Park. Wear waterproof footwear, be very careful of the delicate landscape, and avoid leaving the trail as it is easy to get lost. The trail continues to the Heralda Lakes (4km), then you return the way you came.
Pesuta Shipwreck Trail – Starting at the Tlell River Day Use area the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail takes you through old-growth forest down to the bank of the Tlell River, leading you to the dunes and seemingly endless East Beach where the remnant bow of the log barge “Pesuta”, which was beached in December 1928, is all that remains of this 264 foot log carrier. Best to approach this hike on a low or receding tide to avoid walking the riverbank during high water – 6km one way.
Misty Meadows – Starting near the Misty Meadows day-use picnic shelter, there is a trail that winds through the meadows and forest to the dunes and beach, then circles to the trail that brings you back to the picnic shelter – ~1km.
East Beach Trail – For the dedicated and well-prepared, the East Beach Trail is a truly remote experience. The 90km hike from Tlell to Rose Spit and then to Tow Hill is a multi-day adventure requiring proper planning. Please see the East Beach Trail map for information on the route and the planning involved.
Getting the most out of your visit
- Some of the best places for bird watching include: Tow Hill, Rose Spit, Mayer Lake, the Tlell River and nearby beaches, and the meadows near the BC Parks headquarters in Tlell.
- The most interesting beach and dune plant communities are at Rose Spit, East Beach, and the Misty Meadows and Pesuta beach areas north of Tlell.
- The best place to experience the bogs in Naikoon Park are along the White Creek Trail.
- There are a number of private property owners and environmentally sensitive areas adjacent to the beaches. Please respect them and always avoid travelling through the dunes.
- To get the most out of Naikoon Park, include binoculars and a camera with your personal safety gear. Read up on the natural and human history of these islands before you set out to gain some in-depth knowledge of the landscape you travel through. It will serve only to enhance your experience.
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