Lax Ka’gaas/Campania Conservancy
About This ConservancyLax Ka’gaas/Campania Conservancy is mostly low-lying and flat, with very shallow soils and much exposed bedrock (mostly granitic). The central portion of the island contains Mount Pender, which rises to 740 m (2,427 ft.). Marine features include a rare white sandy beach in McMicking Inlet, small estuaries, and many inlets on the west coast, several of which are safe anchorages. The conservancy protects all of Campania Island and Alexander Islands at the south end, including remote fish and wildlife habitats, small lakes & streams, bogs, fens, and scrub forest.
Other nearby protected areas include: Dewdney and Glide Islands Ecological Reserve, 10 km to the west; K’nabiyaaxl/Ashdown Conservancy, 5 km to the east; Lax Kwil Dziidz/Fin Conservancy, 10 km to the east; Monckton Nii Luutiksm Conservancy, 3 km to the north; and Moksgm’ol/Chapple – Cornwall Conservancy, 8 km to the east. These are all remote backcountry conservancies that protect large terrestrial and marine areas.
Lax Ka’gaas/Campania Conservancy is one of a number of areas that were identified for conservancy status from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). The Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations have identified interests in Lax Ka’gaas/Campania Conservancy and contains 21 known archaeological sites. This conservancy was designated/established on July 14, 2006. See News Release for more information.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Conservancy Map [PDF 406KB]
Nature and CultureLax Ka’gaas/Campania Conservancy helps to protect the areas biological diversity and natural environments by protecting representative coastal flora and fauna, plant communities and animal species at risk, and special features, particularly extensive lowland coastal muskeg (bogs and fens) with associated rare/unusual plants.
Campania Island is part of the Milbanke Strandflat, a geological formation that is mostly composed of granitic bedrock. This formation has many well-defined lineaments, which are filled with many peatlands or shallow lakes in the interior of the island, and form narrow inlets near the coast. Much of the vegetation is open bog or bog forest, with some scrub forest. Combined with the exposed bedrock, the result is a very open landscape. Glacial cirques also occur at sea level in the area.
Lax Ka’gaas/Campania Conservancy also protects a historically and currently used area of marine harvesting and its associated cultural values, and provides First Nations with an opportunity to conduct social, ceremonial and cultural uses.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- There is an active management planning project underway for this conservancy.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the many inlets, bays and shorelines in this conservancy. There are some nice white sand beaches in McMicking Inlet. Wilderness and backcountry camping is allowed. Kayak rentals are available in Prince Rupert.
Excellent tidal water fishing opportunities for salmon and groundfish. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Fishing licenses are available for purchase in Kitimat and Prince Rupert. Please refer to current fishing regulations.
Although there are no established trails in the conservancy, hiking can be enjoyed through the rolling granitic hills and scrub forests on the west side of the island. It is also possible to hike across the middle of the island (east-west), following the valley bottom and the chain of mid island lakes.
This conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
There are opportunities for SCUBA diving in the many inlets and bays of this conservancy. The water clarity is best during winter and spring.
Wolves, otters, 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
No firewood or fire rings are provided. If you must make a fire, please keep it minimal. 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. Before you leave, make sure the campfire is extinguished and spread the ashes and rocks about.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed but no facilities are provided. Marine access only. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy, as it can be accessed year round.