Posted by: cherylyoung | September 29, 2012

From fully exposed shorelines to rolling, forested, Hakai offers some of the most varied and scenic coastline in BC


Approximately 250 air miles northwest of

Vancouver, and 80 miles (130 km) north of Port

Hardy, are Hakai Pass and the Hakai Luxvbalis

Conservancy Area, British Columbia’s largest

marine park, and one of the better-known paddling

areas on the west coast.

This area encompasses a large archipelago of

outstanding natural beauty and recreational value.

From fully exposed shorelines to rolling, forested

hills and 3,000-foot (1000-m) peaks, Hakai offers

some of the most varied and scenic coastline in the


Special features such as lagoons and reversing

tidal rapids, beaches, all-weather anchorages,

tombolos, and an intricate network of coves, inlets,

and channels make it an ideal area for boaters,

anglers, scuba divers, naturalists – and experienced

sea kayakers.

There are some places, luckily, that are still

inaccessible by road, and British Columbia’s Central

Coast is one of them.

Until BC Ferries launched its Discovery Coast

Passage run in the summer of 1996, the Central

Coast was also largely inaccessible by water.

Now, to the delight of adventurers and locals alike,

from June to September the Queen of Chilliwack

connects the community of Port Hardy, at the

northeastern end of Vancouver Island, with Bella

Coola, at the head of the North Bentinck Arm,

making regular stops along the way.

Visitors wishing to explore this remote wilderness

can access it by sea or by air.

The Queen of Chilliwack stops at Namu, the closest


Hakai is located across Fitz Hugh Sound from Namu,

a busy shipping route also frequented by Pacific

white-sided dolphin.

Fuel and groceries are available at Bella Bella, Namu,

and Dawsons Landing (Rivers Inlet).

Private or chartered boats can be arranged from

Vancouver, Port Hardy, and Bella Coola.

Chartered and scheduled flights are available from

Vancouver, Port Hardy, Bella Bella, and Bella Coola.

Hakai Pass in the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy

Area is world-famous for its unsurpassed salmon


For thousands of years, huge runs of chinook (king)

salmon, coho (silver) salmon as well as Sockeye,

Chum and Pink salmon crowd through Hakai Pass

from the open Pacific Ocean headed for the rivers and

streams where their life began.

Besides salmon, there’s good fishing here for halibut,

lingcod, red snapper and rockfish.

The area has a number of commercial floating fish

camps, and superb fishing Resorts that offer a true

wilderness experience amid spectacular scenery and

abundant wildlife





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