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Thunderbird’s Nest (T’iitsk’in Paawats) Protected Area


Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Please practice “ Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This protected area is accessible year-round.

Drinking water
Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the protected area.
  • Visitors’ are asked to conserve the environment in the protected area by minimizing the use of fire.
  • Campfire bans may be implemented during the dry season be prepared by bringing a potable stove for cooking.
  • A rustic, steep trail follows Thunder Creek from Thunderbird Beach and provides access the protected area.
  • A 15-kilometre old logging road from Uchucklesaht Inlet provides access into the protected area.

Anyone planning to hike into the protected area is asked to get updated information about the area and access by contacting Uchucklesaht Tribe at 250 724-1832.


The protected area can be accessed by canoe or kayak from Thunderbird Beach across Henderson Lake from the Elbow Beach Boat Launch.


Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license. Various species of trout and salmon can be found in the waters of Henderson Lake. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations.


Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Bicycles can be used to access the protected area from Silverside following an old logging road.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Thunderbird’s Nest (T’iitsk’in Paawats) Protected Area. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.