Neǧiƛ/Nekite Estuary Conservancy
About This Conservancy
The Neǧiƛ/Nekite Estuary Conservancy is located at the head of Smith Inlet on British Columbia’s Central Coast. The Conservancy protects the estuary and islands at the mouth of the Nekite River.
Recreational activities are currently quite limited within the conservancy, although there is an ecotourism operation located just outside the conservancy. This company provides Grizzly Bear viewing tours on the Nekite River.
The conservancy was identified for consideration as a protected area during the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan planning process. Following Government-to-Government discussions between the Province and First Nations, the central coast land use decisions (February 7, 2006) confirmed that the Nekite Estuary would become a conservancy. The Nekite Estuary was legally designated as the Neǧiƛ/Nekite Estuary Conservancy in Spring 2007.
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 BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Neǧiƛ/Nekite Estuary Conservancy Map [PDF 484KB]
Nature and CultureThe conservancy is within the traditional territory of the Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation. The proximity of designated archaeological sites and Indian Reserve #2, Nekite, indicates the strong relationship between the Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation and the region around the Nekite Estuary.
The conservancy’s branching channels, gravel beaches, forested islands, grasslands and foreshore are affected by the mixing of salt and fresh water occurring in the estuary. This mix of waters creates biologically and ecologically diverse environments that support many species of plants and animals.
Every spring, grizzly and black bears come back to graze on the spring growth in the estuary and come again to feast on spawning salmon in the fall. Other species such as wolves, deer, migratory birds and marine mammals also interact in the estuary.