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Visitor Information A warning: Persons contemplating a visit to Naikoon Provincial Park are reminded that it is a wilderness area with no supplies of any kind. Accommodation in nearby communities is limited. Suitable clothing should be worn and proper equipment carried for outdoor living. Visitors should be in possession of suitable maps. Hikers planning to travel the beaches should inform a responsible person or agency of their intentions. This information should include estimated departure and return times. For more information about trails or hiking in this park, click here.
Park Contact Old Massett Village Council
E-mail: ecdev@mhtv.ca
Phone: 250-626-3337

Naikoon - Agate Beach and Misty Meadows Provincial Park

Updated August 28, 2009.

Responsible All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Use in Naikoon Park
  • REMEMBER ATV and 4 x 4 vehicles are permitted on North Beach and East Beach ONLY!
  • To minimize your impact, travel high upon the beach but below the driftwood line - Avoid the sensitive lower beach and upper sand dunes.
  • ATV use is NOT permitted anywhere else in Naikoon Park - Do NOT use ATV’s on Naikoon’s environmentally-sensitive hiking trails. You are responsible for your vehicle and any damage caused by use of your vehicle.
  • Here is a copy of the Responsible All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Use in Naikoon Park poster [PDF 1.9MB] ( may take longer than normal to download due to file size)
 

About This Park

Naikoon - Agate Beach and Misty Meadows Provincial Park Naikoon is the traditional territory of the Haida Nation and figures prominently in their present lifestyles and history. There are many places of cultural and spiritual importance as well as historic village sites and important food gathering sites throughout the park. Colonial settlement began in the early 1900’s; although it failed to prosper, evidence of settlements can still be found within the park.

Naikoon was designated a Class A park in 1973. The area is comprised of a mixture of coastal temperate rainforest ecosystems, wetlands and bogs, sand dunes and approximately 100 km of beaches. Tow Hill and Rose Spit are iconic natural features that are also prominent in Haida traditional stories. Naikoon lies entirely within the Queen Charlotte Lowland eco-region. Primary attractions for visitors include Haida cultural history, 100 km of beaches, hiking, fishing, and wilderness camping.

Park Size: 69,961 hectares

Special Notes:

The climate here is mild, moderated by moist Pacific air throughout the year. Cool, rainy, or foggy weather and high winds can occur at any time; campers and hikers should always be equipped with warm clothing and wet-weather gear.
  • Naikoon Park is bordered by a hundred kilometres of expansive beach, attracting thousands of park visitors each summer - hikers, beach walkers, fishers, cyclists and motorized vehicle users. In recent years, motorized traffic has been on the rise, increasing the potential for damage to Naikoon Park’s sensitive ecosystems and cultural sites. To respect the environment and other visitors, keep the following guidelines in mind as you travel the Park.
    • Avoid travelling on Rose Spit Ecological Reserve. Rose Spit supports an endangered plant community and is critical habitat for many local and migratory bird species.
    • Avoid travelling on the sand dunes as disturbance can lead to loss of plant life, increased erosion, exposure and damage to cultural sites. Tire tracks and repeated foot traffic through the sand dunes cause extensive environmental damage. The root systems of plants are broken and wind causes erosion. Once the stabilizing grasses are damaged, the wind continues to shift the dunes, burying the forest, trails, and camping spots.
    • Be prepared for emergency situations. Carry what you will need to rescue yourself and your vehicle should it become stuck on the beach.
    • ATV use within Naikoon is limited to North and East Beaches. Trail use, travel to the interior of Naikoon and ATV use on the Dune areas is not allowed. ATV’s are not allowed to be used in the campsites and must be moved by trailer to the beach access points. It is illegal to run ATV’s on Tow Hill road or any other highway unless they are registered and displaying licence plates. The fine for running non licenced ATV’s on roadways is $600.00.
    • If you see any environmental or cultural damage, please record and report to the Naikoon Park office in Tlell at 250 557-4390.
  • Campground hosts are often available at the Misty Meadows campground at Naikoon Provincial Park during the summer months to provide information on the park and surrounding area. Check with the Park Facility Operator to see if one is available during your stay.
  • Wet weather gear is necessary year-round.
  • Be aware of undertows along beaches and at river mouths.
  • Please be extremely careful with fire, matches, and cigarettes. Primus-type stoves should be utilized for all cooking.
  • Firearms are prohibited except during a valid hunting season. Please consult BC Hunting Regulations for dates.
  • The park’s lakes and streams are the source of drinking water. Help protect the delicate balance of the water system by washing yourself, your clothes, and dishes at least 30 metres from lakes or streams and please don’t clean fish in them.
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
Year round if accessible
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:  
– Agate Beach campground June 5 – September 15
– Misty Meadows campground June 5 – September 15 Off-season: no fee, no services
Campground Reservable Dates:

Not applicable

Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Agate Beach = 39
Misty Meadows = 30
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Not applicable
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
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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. Haida Gwaii is served by scheduled air transportation from Vancouver and Prince Rupert and by BC Ferries between Prince Rupert and Skidegate. Highway 16 that connects the island communities passes close to the south and west boundaries of the park providing access at Tlell, Mayer Lake, and north east of Masset. There is no developed access to the interior of the park. Park headquarters are on the highway just south of the Tlell River bridge, 45 km north of Queen Charlotte city.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
  • Park Map [PDF 124KB - Updated June 2008]
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Nature and Culture

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are no opportunities for multi-day canoeing or kayaking trips in this park. Day trip kayaking or canoeing is an option at Mayer Lake or Pure Lake Parks, but no camping facilities are available (day-use only).
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Angling can be productive in the Tlell River, other park waterways, and Mayer Lake. The Tlell River is famous for its coho salmon and steelhead runs. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

There are many trails to explore in Naikoon. It is recommended that you hike from south to north to avoid prevailing winds, driving rain or sun in your eyes. Naikoon Provincial Park is a remote wilderness area. Safety is your personal responsibility. It is recommended that hikers inform a responsible person or agency of their hiking plan, including departure and return times and dates. For more information on these trails or hiking in this park, click here. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails, switchbacking, and trampling meadows destroy plant life and soil structure which keep rain and snow melt from eroding the trails.
Hunting

Hunting

This Park is open to hunting. Please check the Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Family interpretive programs may be offered during the summer months. Please check with the Naikoon parks office for further information.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour 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.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a rustic car-top boat launching ramp at Mayer Lake.
Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

There are emergency shelters along the east beach and a new Haida long house style cabin at Cape Fife is finished to the point that the public can use it.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located in the park campgrounds. Hikers are advised to carry their own supply of drinking water and to treat the water prior to consumption.
Group Camping

Group Camping

There are group campsites at this park.

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $20.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has day-use/picnic areas that are located at the Tlell River bridge, Misty Meadows, and Mayer Lake in the park and at Pure Lake Provincial Park, midway between Port Clements and Masset.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $8.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.