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Crab Lake Conservancy
About This Conservancy
Crab Lake Conservancy protects a scenic upland lake and the headwaters of Crab River. The conservancy represents some of the more spectacular characteristics found in the higher elevations of the Kitimat Ranges Ecosection, including massive rounded mountains of monolithic granite, a fringe of the higher elevation variant of the Coastal Western Hemlock zone that is characterized by old-growth conifer stands of western hemlock, western red cedar and amabilis fir, and forests representative of the Mountain Hemlock zone.
Above the Mountain Hemlock zone, the Alpine Tundra zone begins where forested patches give way to intermittent patches of krummholz western hemlock, yellow cedar and subalpine fir in a matrix of heath and herb meadow communities.
Crab Lake Conservancy contains a pristine lake, watershed, old-growth forests and wetlands in a remote and elevated setting near the Gardner Canal. It has a diversity of wildlife habitats and spectacular mountain scenery with high mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and smaller lakes and tarns. Access into this wilderness area can be difficult.
Conservancy Size: 12,789 ha
Know Before You Go
- There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
- There are no facilities in the conservancy.
Location and Maps
- Reference: Marine Chart #3745 (Gardner Canal).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/10 (Devastation Channel).
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
Phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Maps and Brochures
- Crab Lake Conservancy [PDF]
Nature and Culture
- History: Crab Lake Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 14, 2006 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Haisla First Nation. The Crab River area is important to the Haisla as it historically contained a village site that demarcated the traditional territories of two different tribes that are presently amalgamated as the Haisla First Nation.
Use the below link for more information or to contact this First Nation.
- Conservation: The conservancy protects the undisturbed old-growth forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat and watershed of Crab Lake.