Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
About This Conservancy
Q’altanaas/Aaltanhash Conservancy protects the Aaltanhash and McIsaac River watersheds, scenic mountains, coastal old-growth forests, bear habitat, salmon spawning streams, marbled murrelets and low-elevation Sitka spruce forests. It also provides a protected anchorage adjacent to the main Inside Passage route where visitors can spend a night to rest, fish or watch wildlife.
Established Date: July 13, 2006
Conservancy Size: 18,767 hectares
- There are no roads or trails in this conservancy.
- This Conservancy is closed to Grizzly Bear hunting.
- Be bear aware while on shore in this conservancy.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Reference: Marine Chart #3739 (Swanson Bay to Work Island).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Maps #103 H/1 (Khutze River) and #103 H/2 (Butedale).
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
ph: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Q’altanaas/Aaltanhash Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 14, 2006 following recommendations from the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Gitga’at and Kitasoo First Nations and is an important traditional use area for them. The conservancy contains ten known archaeological sites (Pre-contact fish traps, shell middens, canoe skid, and culturally modified trees) and has historically been used for traditional food gathering, fishing and trapping by local First Nations. The area was inhabited year-round by First Nations as recently as the 1930’s, when resident families hunted and trapped in the area and travelled to Butedale for supplies.
Use the below link for more information or to contact these First Nations.
- Conservation: The conservancy protects an area of popular recreational use by boaters, the Aaltanhash and McIsaac River watersheds and several small remote streams, lakes and wetlands. The conservancy also protects old-growth forests of red cedar, hemlock and spruce as well as coastal wildlife habitat including important salmon spawning streams and habitat for bears.
- Wildlife: Black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. The best place to see wildlife is at the river mouths and estuaries at the end of Aaltanhash Inlet. 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 PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
Adventurous and experienced kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlet, bays and shorelines in this conservancy.
There are opportunities to fish for trout and salmon in Aaltanhash River and Head Creek. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons but is closed to Grizzly Bear hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
It is possible to SCUBA dive or snorkel in the 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.
Black Bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. The best place to see wildlife is at the river mouths and estuaries at the end of Aaltanhash Inlet. 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 is 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. 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.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed but no facilities are provided. Reservations are not accepted at this conservancy and 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.