The Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy is a large hyper-maritime area centered on Laredo Inlet, a long protected inlet on Princess Royal Island, the fourth largest island in BC. The area offers pristine, diverse environments ranging from sandy beaches, mountain peaks, lowland old-growth rainforests and fjords. The conservancy encompasses Canoona Lake and many small estuaries, wetlands, floodplains, and avalanche chute habitats. Reefs, pocket beaches, tiny sheltered bays and rich inter-tidal marine life characterize the diverse shorelines of the islands contained within this conservancy.
Numerous recreational opportunities exist in the diverse environments of Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. Visitors can spend time exploring the hiking trails on Swindle Island or beach combing the pocket beaches and shorelines. The conservancy offers good wildlife viewing opportunities; fortunate visitors may get a glimpse of the famous Kermode bear, a white phase of the black bear, which inhabit Princess Royal Island. Other opportunities include kayaking, wilderness camping, and river and ocean fishing. For visitors accessing the conservancy by boat, Kitasoo Bay and Surf Inlet are listed as safe harbours while Laredo Inlet is a protected anchorage offering spectacular scenery and an estuary at the Bay of Plenty. Grant anchorage is popular with kayakers and campers.
Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy is located within the Kitasoo First Nation traditional territory and is co-managed under an agreement between the Kitasoo Nation and the Province of British Columbia. This co-operative management agreement will allow the Kitasoo Nation to access land and resources for their use within the Conservancy while achieving conservation and recreation objectives for the area.
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided.
Campsites in this area are few and small and by midsummer water supply is limited at most campsites. For campers arriving by kayak, camping opportunities may be limited by sea fog, strong currents, surf landings and high tides.
Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.
Campsites in this area are few and small and by midsummer water supply is limited at most campsites. For campers arriving by kayak, camping opportunities may be limited by sea fog, strong currents, surf landings, and high tides.
For your own safety and the preservation of the conservancy, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
There are hiking trails on Swindle Island.
The area is popular for river and ocean fishing. Five species of salmon and steelhead are abundant in the summer while Coho and steelhead are present in the winter. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The conservancy is open to hunting. Please refer to the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy is located on Princess Royal Island, 15km west of Klemtu and 130km south of Kitimat. The Conservancy’s eastern boundary fronts the Inside Passage marine route making the area easily accessible by boat. The village of Klemtu on Swindle Island is accessible by BC Ferries’ Discovery Coast Passage route from Port Hardy.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.