In This Conservancy

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
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.

Maxtaktsm’aa/Union Passage Conservancy

About This Conservancy

Maxtaktsm’aa/Union Passage Conservancy - old steam donkey engine Maxtaktsm’aa/Union Passage Conservancy protects intertidal and marine environments, fish and wildlife habitat in the Hecate Lowlands and North Coast Fjords Ecosection. Access to this area is usually made by boat and the conservancy provides safe and scenic anchorage for boaters travelling along the Inside Passage.

Conservancy Size: 2,519 ha

Special Notes:
  • There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
  • There are no facilities in the conservancy.

General Visitor Information:

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Maxtaktsm’aa/Union Passage Conservancy is only accessible by boat or float plane and is located approximately 15 km SW of Hartley Bay and 90 km SW of Kitimat.It is located between Grenville Channel and Squally Channel and also between Farrant Island and Pitt Island.
  • Reference: Marine Charts #3945 (Approaches to Douglas Channel) and #3742 (Otter Passage to McKay Reach).
  • Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/6 (Hartley Bay).

Maps and Brochures

Visitor Information Centre:
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada   V8C 2G7
phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554

Nature and Culture

  • History: Maxtaktsm’aa/Union Passage Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on May 31, 2007 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. The conservancy provides safe and scenic boat anchorage for boaters travelling along the Inside Passage and is close to the community of Hartley Bay.
  • Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. There are five known archaeological sites in the conservancy. Indian Reserve #7 (Tsimtack), located in the middle of the conservancy on the south side of Pitt Island is excluded from the conservancy. Use the below links for more information or to contact these First Nations.
    Gitga’at Nation
    Gitxaala Nation
  • Conservation: The conservancy protects intertidal and marine environments, fish and wildlife habitat, all of Hinton Island and most of Tsimtack Lake. The conservancy adjoins Union Passage Marine Park to the northwest.
  • Wildlife: Black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, and salmon 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.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information

Management Planning

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

Activities Available at this Conservancy



Canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the small islands, inlets, bays and shorelines in this conservancy. The waters are usually sheltered and calm, with landing beaches available. Wilderness and backcountry camping is allowed. Kayak rentals are available in Prince Rupert.


Excellent tidal water fishing opportunities for salmon and groundfish. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Fishing licences are available for purchase in Kitimat and Prince Rupert.


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

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behavior and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for SCUBA diving in this marine conservancy.


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

Wildlife Viewing

Black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, and salmon 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



Firewood and campfire rings are 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 and spread out the ashes and rocks. 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. Marine access only.