Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy
- Interim Public Access Agreement from Pruth Bay to West Beach
The present trail from the anchorage at Pruth Bay to West Beach, located on Calvert Island, crosses private property operated by the Hakai Beach Institute.
The current trailhead at the foot of the pier runs north along the shoreline, and then west around the north side of the Institute buildings to West Beach. As part of the development of the current Management Plan for the Protected Area, the Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy Management Board is working closely with the Hakai Beach Institute to secure a permanent public access route from Pruth Bay to West Beach.
For more information, please contact Peter Woods, Area Supervisor, Parks and Protected Areas, at 250 982-2701 ext. 2223
About This Conservancy
The Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy is managed under an agreement between the Heiltsuk Nation and the Province of British Columbia to co-operatively attain conservation and recreation objectives for the area. This agreement will also allow the Heiltsuk Nation to access land and resources for their use within the Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy in accordance with their aboriginal rights.
Encompassing more than 120,000 hectares of land and sea, Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy is the largest provincial marine protected area on the British Columbia coast. Located approximately 130 km north of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and 115 km southwest of Bella Coola, Hakai has no developed facilities and can only be accessed by sea or air. Sited within the Hecate Lowland ecosection, which is represented by a large archipelago of outstanding natural beauty, Hakai boasts such special features as lagoons, reversing tidal rapids, tombolos, and white-sand beaches. With exposed shorelines, forested hills, a beguiling array of large and small islands, white-sand beaches, and all-weather anchorages, Hakai has a varied and scenic coastline. It is the dramatic contrast between marine and terrestrial landscapes that makes Hakai unique within the BC provincial park and protected area system.
Park Size: 122,998 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
- Swimming is not recommended, because the water is cold and can be rough. There are no lifeguards on duty within parks or protected areas.
- Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
- All archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act; it is illegal to remove artifacts or to disturb such sites.
- There are some sports fishing lodges in Hakai. Most are floating and are removed in the off-season but there is a small lodge on shore in Choked Passage that is run by a non-profit society. There is also privately owned Hakai Beach Resort operated on private property.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.