About This Conservancy
Q’altanaas/Aaltanhash Conservancy is located on the east side of Princess Royal Channel, along the Inside Passage route. It shares its northwestern boundary with K’lgaan/Klekane Conservancy and its southern boundary with K’ootz/Khutze 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
Know Before You Go
- Be bear aware while on shore in this conservancy.
- There are no roads or trails in this conservancy.
- This Conservancy is closed to Grizzly Bear hunting.
Location and Maps
- 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 Brochures
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 Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.