The Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution–Blunden Bay Conservancy is a small, semi-protected bay that bisects the larger Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution Conservancy just south of Smith Inlet. The Conservancy is separate from the larger Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution Conservancy because it is designated in a section of the Park Act that allows for possible access to natural resources found inland from the conservancy.
The conservancy was identified for consideration as a protected area during the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan planning process. Following Government-to-Government discussions between the Province and First Nations, the central coast land use decisions (February 7, 2006) confirmed that Blunden Bay would become a conservancy. This bay was legally designated as the Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution–Blunden Bay Conservancy in Spring 2007.
Conservancy Size: 331 hectares – 237 hectares of upland and 94 hectares of foreshore.
Date Established: May 31, 2007
The Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution–Blunden Bay Conservancy is located just on British Columbia’s Central Coast and found 60 km north of Port Hardy, 217 km northwest of Campbell River, and 407 km northwest of Vancouver.
The Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution–Blunden Bay Conservancy is within the traditional territories of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation. This area of the coast played a significant role in the lives of First Nations and continues to be an area of importance today.
Within its confines are sandy beaches, tidal flats, sea cliffs, seaside rock platforms, rugged points and rocky headlands. Just off shore are kelp beds, grey whale feeding grounds. The upland is generally flat and low lying and has the characteristic features of a coastal bog forest with small streams, ponds, and swamps.
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.