Lax Kul Nii Luutiksm/Bonilla Conservancy
About This Conservancy
Lax Kul Nii Luutiksm/Bonilla Conservancy was established as part of government’s land use decision in the North Coast planning area. The conservancy is a rocky island off the northwest coast of Banks Island. The island is subject to heavy battering during storms, and receives significant rainfall. The area is home to a pre-contact Gitxaala village site. The area supports some isolated productive seabird colonies, which unlike colonies on larger islands, do not experience predation by mink. On the west side of the conservancy is the Bonilla Island Lighthouse Station which was the last light house to be established in British Columbia in 1960. The adjacent rocky islets are used as sea lion haul-outs.
The conservancy covers Bonilla Island and the adjacent islets North Rock and Northwest Rocks and all foreshore within 200 metres of the shore. The conservancy protects a pre-contact First Nations village, seabird colonies, sea lion rookeries, a tombolo, and rich intertidal resources.
Lax Kul Nii Luutiksm/Bonilla 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 Gitxaala First Nation has identified interests in Lax Kul Nii Luutiksm/Bonilla Conservancy. This conservancy was designated in 2006. See News Release for more information.
Conservancy Size: 1,584 hectares – 741 hectares of upland and 843 hectares of foreshore
Date Established: July 14, 2007
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
A pre-contact Gitxaala village site is located in the conservancy. A shell midden is the only archaeological site registered with the BC Archaeological Branch located that is located in the conservancy. Additional archaeological sites are likely present but archaeological inventories are incomplete.
- Management Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.