Ethelda Bay - Tennant Island Conservancy
About This Conservancy
Ethelda Bay-Tennant Island Conservancy protects a small group of islands and marine environment in the Estevan Group, between Barnard Island and Trutch Island in the Hecate Lowlands and North Coast Fjords Ecosections.
Access to this area is usually made by boat and the conservancy contains safe boat anchorages and small beaches.
Conservancy Size: 61 ha
General Visitor Information:
Know Before You Go
- There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
- There are no facilities in the conservancy.
Location and Maps
Ethelda Bay-Tennant Island Conservancy is only accessible by boat or float plane and is located approximately 50 km SW of Hartley Bay and 130 km SW of Kitimat. It is located in Langley Passage, between Estevan Sound and Hecate Strait.
- Reference: Marine Chart #3795 (Langley Passage-Estevan Group).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/4 (Trutch Island).
Maps and Brochures
Kitimat Visitor Information CentrePO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Nature and Culture
- History: Ethelda Bay-Tennant Island Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on May 31, 2007 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. Ethelda Bay was the site of a former manned radio beacon station (operated by the DOT, Ottawa) where a maintenance crew was once housed. A private couple purchased the houses, dock, generator station, and helicopter pad from the federal government in 1996 to develop a tourist and fishing lodge.
- Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Gitxaala First Nation. There are no known archaeological sites in the conservancy. Use the below link for more information or to contact this First Nation.
- Conservation: The conservancy protects small representative islands and marine environment along the northern mainland coast, including undisturbed old-growth forests, fish and wildlife habitat.
- Wildlife: Black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, and salmon can be seen in the conservancy. Humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and harbour seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
- Management Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
This conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Facilities Available at this Conservancy
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Note: The private property, buildings and dock on the south-west side of Ethelda Bay are not part of the conservancy.