Wales Harbour Conservancy
About This Conservancy
Wales Harbour Conservancy was established as part of government’s land use decision for the North Coast planning area. This conservancy protects an important recreational anchorage and the viewscape within Wales Harbour. The area also contains important migratory waterfowl habitat. There is little recreational infrastructure in the area, though there are reports of a trail leading to a lake from the southeast arm of Wales Harbour.
Wales Harbour is a good anchorage and has a soft bottom. The eastern arm of the harbour is also a good anchorage, while the southwest arm dries out completely at low tide. There are also opportunities for recreational fishing and crabbing. There are no facilities in the conservancy.
Conservancy Size: 666 hectares – 345 hectares of upland and 321 hectares of foreshore
Date Established: June 27, 2008
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The conservancy also contains the site of the last commercial fish cannery to operate in the Nass/Portland Canal area.
Cultural Heritage: Wales Harbour Conservancy encompasses an area where the Coast Tsimshian have strong cultural interests, including the desire to pursue their traditional activities as they have done for millennia, in a manner that sustains the biological diversity and natural values of the area.
The conservancy is within the asserted traditional territories of the Coast Tsimshian, and specifically within the tribal area of the Gitando Tribe, one of the nine tribes that together make up the Coast Tsimshian.
Wales Harbour Conservancy falls within the Pearse Natural Protection Area for Metlakatla First Nation. This classification recognizes the Pearse Island area as being important for its high natural values. Lax Kw’alaams First Nation considers Wales Harbour to part of the Ts’msedasx Special Management Area. The Ts’msedasx Special Management Area has been, and continues to be, important in providing Coast Tsimshian people with food, medicine, raw materials, cultural items, and goods as part of their economy.
The Coast Tsimshian have numerous harvesting sites in the area and the adjacent foreshores and waterways. The conservancy protects traditional harvesting sites thereby sustaining and enhancing traditional use opportunities. To date, no known archaeological sites have been recorded in the conservancy. The lack of identified archaeological sites in Wales Harbour Conservancy is typical for the British Columbia north coast where few detailed archaeological assessments have been completed. Future archeological site inventories may yet identify additional cultural heritage and archaeological resources within the Wales Harbour Conservancy.
- Conservation: Knowledge of the conservancy’s flora and fauna, especially ecosystems, ecological communities and species of conservation concern, is incomplete.
- Wildlife: Marine wildlife species that have been recorded in or near the conservancy are; canopy kelp beds, grey whales, harbour porpoises, humpback whales, killer whales, marbled murrelets, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and pacific white-sided dolphins.