Lucy Islands Conservancy is on the northwest coast of British Columbia, within the traditional territory of the Coast Tsimshian which includes both the Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams First Nations. Lucy Islands has been used since time immemorial by the Coast Tsimshian for cultural, social, ceremonial, and economic purposes.
Lucy Islands hosts a unique combination of cultural and natural values in a small area. The very wet coastal hemlock forest on the archipelago is a significant breeding area for a variety of seabirds. The rhinoceros auklet is the most abundant seabird on Lucy Islands and builds underground burrows to nest. These nests are very sensitive to disturbance, which is why it’s very important to stay on the boardwalk.
To fully enjoy Lucy Islands, visitors must respect and understand these values and the rules to protect them. Discover more about Lucy Islands on the interpretive signs found along the trail. Lucy Islands is significant in the protected area system.
The conservancy protects:
A lighthouse is located on the east side of the largest island in the conservancy. Built in 1906, the lighthouse served as a manned station from 1907 to 1988. Other facilities that existed during that time include:
A 600-metre long boardwalk, which extended from one end of the island to the other, linked the helicopter pad and the residential buildings. In 1988, the lighthouse was automated and the house was removed. The boardwalk was left for visitors; to provide for safe and ongoing recreation opportunities, the boardwalk was completely replaced in 2010 and 2011.
Prince Rupert Visitor Centre:
100 First Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1A8
Date Established: May 27, 2008
A few things to remember to ensure everyone’s visit is enjoyable:
Wilderness, backcountry camping is allowed, but please tread lightly and use existing tent pads.
No fires allowed after dark between March and September because the nocturnal birds are disoriented by light.
Firewood and campfire rings are not provided. If you must have a fire, please have it in the intertidal area, burn only dead and down wood, be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done and spread out the ashes and rocks. 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 and using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.
Most recreational use is by kayakers and small vessels from adjacent communities. Kayakers use the conservancy as a strategic location when crossing from Prince Rupert to the Melville-Dundas Islands. The islands offer a protected lagoon with sandy beaches, as well as hiking and wildlife viewing. The shallow waters in the area have many fascinating reefs. The shallows south of the islands offer excellent fishing, making the Lucy Islands a popular destination for Prince Rupert residents.
Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlets, bays, lagoons, and shorelines in this conservancy. The many inlets can be sheltered and calm, with landing beaches available. Wilderness and backcountry camping is allowed on the provided tent platforms to protect the auklet nesting habitat. Kayak rentals are available in Prince Rupert.
Excellent tidal water fishing opportunities for salmon and groundfish. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license. Fishing licenses are available for purchase in Kitimat and Prince Rupert.
The conservancy is approximately 13 kilometres west of Metlakatla, 30 kilometres southwest of Lax Kw’alaams (Port Simpson) and 20 kilometres west of Prince Rupert.
Nearby protected areas include: Lax Kwaxl/Dundas and Melville Islands Conservancy 8 kilometres to the north, Khutzeymateen Inlet Conservancy 53 kilometres to the northeast, Kennedy Island Conservancy 40 kilometres to the southeast and K’sgaxl/Stephens Island Conservancy 13 kilometres to the southwest.
Reference: Marine Charts # 3959
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.