In This Conservancy

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Visitor Information

Please note: There are no roads, trails, or public facilities located in the conservancy.
Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available.
This area is not suitable for dogs or other pets.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Ksi X’anmaas (Kwinamass River) Conservancy

About This Conservancy

Ksa X'anmaas Conservancy The Ksi X’anmaas (Kwinamass River) Conservancy is adjacent to Khutzeymateen/K’tzim-a-deen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary inlet and protects important grizzly bear habitat. The conservancy protects a large estuary with sedge flats and inter-tidal habitats rich in food sources for grizzly bears.

Low lying passes between Ksi’anmaas and K’tzim-a-deen provide travel corridors for the grizzly bears that utilise both watersheds. The Ksi X’anmaas Conservancy is an important salmon bearing stream providing opportunities for angling in a wilderness setting.

Conservancy Size: 33,581 hectares – 33,382 hectares of upland and 199 hectares of foreshore

Date Established: June 27, 2008

Prince Rupert Visitor Centre:
100 First Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1A8
Contact Information:
Phone: 250-624-5637
Fax: 250-627-8009
Toll-free: 1-800-667-1994


Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The Ksi X’anmaas Conservancy protected areas is located approximately 45 kilometres northwest of Prince Rupert and 10 kilometres north of Lax Kwa’ alaams in the Coast Ranges. Access to the Ksi X’anmaas Conservancy Protected Areas is primarily by boat.

Reference: Marine Charts #3994

Nature and Culture

  • History: Ksi X’anmaas Conservancy was identified for conservancy status during negotiations between the provincial government and First Nations governments following the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). The conservancy was designated in the spring of 2008.
  • Cultural Heritage: Ksi X’anmaas Conservancy area has a long history of use by First Nations groups. The Conservancy is within the asserted traditional territories of the Nisga’a and Coast Tsimshian. The area was important for fishing, hunting, and food gathering.
    Nisga’a name for the entire Kwinamass watershed is X’anmas; the watercourse is Ksi X’anmas [Ksi, in the context of geographical names, refers to “water flowing out from someplace.”
    Ksi X’anmas means “water of where it is red.” X’anmas is the place where mis’aws (red ochre) was found. The X’anmas territory was rich in fur-bearing animals, seafoods, salmon and other food resources and is the reason there were several smokehouses and longhouses here at one time.
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  • Conservation: The conservancy protects a diversity of fish and wildlife habitats including marine intertidal areas, streams, estuaries, wetlands, forests and salmon spawning habitats. The inlet is adjacent to Khutzeymateen/K’tzim-a-deen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary (44,300 hectares) and protects important grizzly bear habitat.
  • Wildlife: Grizzlies, black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer 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.

Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.

Activities Available at this Conservancy



Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlets, lagoons, rivers and shorelines in this conservancy. Kayak rentals are available in Prince Rupert.
Climbing / Rapelling


Adventurous and experienced climbers may enjoy the challenge of the remote and rugged coastal mountains including the majestic Kwinamass Peak which rises from the ocean to 1807m (5928 ft).


The Ksi X’anmaas River provides excellent salmon and stealhead fishing in a wilderness setting. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license. Fishing licenses are available for purchase in Kitimat and Prince Rupert.


For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Trail Information: There are no developed trails at this park.


The park is open to hunting. The conservancy is part of the Nass-Skeena Grizzly Bear Management Area where the hunting of grizzly bears is prohibited. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for scuba diving in this marine conservancy. The water clarity is best during winter and spring.


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

There are excellent wildlife viewing and birding opportunities in the conservancy, primarily in the river estuary.

Grizzlies, black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer 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.

Facilities Available at this Conservancy



Campfires are permitted.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.