Upper Klinaklini Protected Area includes a portion of the middle reach of the Klinaklini River and is a valley bottom corridor surrounded by stunning glaciers and some of the largest mountains on the coast.
Encompassing an ecologically unique trans montaine valley, the conservancy provides low-elevation connectivity between moist coastal ecosystems and dry interior ecosystems. The corridor is a major flyway for migratory birds and a travel corridor for grizzly bears.
This conservancy was established pursuant to the government land use decision in the Central Coast planning area. No management plan has been completed to date for this conservancy. Efforts are underway to have a detailed plan in place as soon as possible.
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided.
Campfires are permitted, but rings are not provided. Be fire safe, and check the BC Wildfire website during high-risk times.
No developed trails are known of at this time.
Dzawadi/Upper Klinaklini River is approximately 60 kilometres southeast of Bella Coola and 150 kilometres northeast of Port Hardy.
Culture: The conservancy name originates from a Kwakwala word for eulachon grease, as the corridor was used as a First Nations grease trail route.
The Upper Klinaklini is within the asserted traditional territories of the Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala and Ulkatcho First Nations.
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.