The Yaaguun Suu Heritage Site/Conservancy area has been used since time immemorial by the people of the Haida Nation for cultural, social and spiritual purposes. The freshwater lake and river system has high value for a diversity of salmonids. The presence of intact, old-growth forests provides excellent forage and habitat for Northern Goshawks.
Access to the northern side of Yaaguun Suu Heritage Site/Conservancy is primarily by Forest Service roads either via Port Clements or from Queen Charlotte. Access to Yakoun Lake itself is only possible by foot from a small parking area at the end of a short spur road just north of the heritage site/conservancy.
Established Date: May 23, 2008
Conservancy Size: 7,970 hectares
Yaaguun Suu Heritage Site/Conservancy is located in the southwest corner of Graham Island approximately 2 kilometres from the western coast of Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands at Shields Bay and 25 kilometres northwest of the community of Queen Charlotte. It is part of an archipelago-wide system of protected areas that includes Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida heritage Site, several provincial parks and ecological reserves, and ten other heritage site/conservancies. In total, half of the land base of Haida Gwaii is now in protected status.
It includes all of Yakoun Lake and its tributaries, with the exception of the eastern half of Etheline Bay and the outlet of Yakoun River. The eastern portion of Etheline Bay is encompassed by private property owned by Island Timberlands LP.
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.