Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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K'distsausk/Turtle Point Conservancy

About This Conservancy

K’distsausk/Turtle Point Conservancy is located at the north tip of Gil Island and protects an area of high cultural and historical value to the Gitga’at First Nation. The conservancy also contains an old-growth forest of red cedar and hemlock. Recreational boaters and anglers use Fisherman Cove for anchorage or visits to the sandy beach for picnics.

Conservancy Size:  142 ha

Special Notes:

  • There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
  • There are no facilities in the conservancy.
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Location and Maps

Lakelse Douglas Channel Area map

K’distsausk/Turtle Point Conservancy is only accessible by boat and is located at the north tip of Gil Island, about 10 km south of Hartley Bay and 85 km south of Kitimat.

    • Reference: Marine Chart #3742 (Otter Passage to McKay Reach).
    • Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/6 (Hartley Bay).

    Kitimat Visitor Information Centre:
    PO Box 214
    2109 Forest Avenue
    Kitimat, BC, Canada   V8C 2G7
    http://www.tourismkitimat.ca/
    e-mail: info@tourismkitimat.ca
    ph: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Turtle Point Conservancy map

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Nature and Culture

History:
K’distsausk/Turtle Point Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on May 31, 2007 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.

Cultural Heritage:
The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. The conservancy contains two known archaeological sites (pre-contact shell midden and fish trap) and continues to be used by local First Nations for trapping, fishing and clam digging. The Indian Reserve (IR #12; “Turtle Point”) in front of Fisherman Cove is excluded from the Conservancy. Use the below link for more information or to contact these First Nations.

  • Gitga'at First Nation
  • Gitxaala First Nation: No website at this time.
  • PO Box 149
    Kitkatla, BC   V0V 1C0
    Ph.  250-848-2214
    Fax 250-848-2238

Conservation:
The conservancy protects an area of high cultural and historical value to the Gitga’at First Nation. The conservancy also protects an old-growth forest of red cedar and hemlock, portions of two small streams and coastal wildlife habitat that includes the marine foreshore and intertidal areas.

Wildlife:
Wolves and deer can be seen at Turtle Point. Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and Harbour Seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information

  • Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Adventurous and experienced kayakers may enjoy exploring the shoreline and sheltered cove of this conservancy.
Hunting

Hunting

This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

It is possible and permissible to SCUBA dive or snorkel in the conservancy.
Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is possible in the ocean, but the water is cold all year round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wolves and deer can be seen at Turtle Point. Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and Harbour Seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

Firewood is not provided. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of campfires and using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy, as it can be accessed year round.