the Gamsby, Tezwa, and Tsaytis, feed into the Kitlope River, which
then enters the head of the sinuous Gardner Canal. Drooping stands
of western hemlock interspersed with Douglas fir cloak the domed
Fishing is goods
for trout, char and salmon, and paddling, canoeing and kayaking
is posible at the park, with good paddling on Kitlope Lake and the
Tezwa River. There are no developed trails in the park. Visitors
should be self-sufficient, properly equipped, and should be experienced
in wilderness surviva. Visitors should bring their own drinking
water as potable water is not available in the park.
backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are
provided. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served
basis. Campsite locations:
Hill/Amos campsite, east side of Kitlope Lake: Lat 53º 07.687' N;
Long 127º 46.717' W
Rediscovery campsite, east side of Kitlope Lake: Lat 53º 06.305'
N; Long 127º 46.412' W
The Kemano Cabin
is available year round on a first-come, first-served basis on the
north bank of the Kitlope River, about 4 km upstream from the Tsaytis
River. It sleeps 4 people and has a pit toilet. The cabin is free
of charge and reservations are not accepted. The Kemano Cabin is
located at Latitude 53º 12.865' N; Longitude. 127º 50.636' W. Note
that the BC Parks/Watchmen cabin on the south side of the Kitlope
River is not available for public use or camping.
is a major attraction in the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy (Huchsduwachsdu
Nuyem Jees). Grizzly and black bears, moose, mountain goats, caribou,
and a wide range of birds are found throughout the Kitlope, including
bald eagles and murrelets. A variety of waterfowl and birds can
also be found throughout the Kitlope watershed. All five species
of pacific salmon, herring, and oolichan spawn throughout the many
rivers and creeks.
A trip to the
Kitlope often begins from the river estuary at Douglas Channel,
which is reached by boat or air, and then you can backpack through
the forest to the alpine regions above.
are often as wet as winters, so don't let weather influence your
plans. One of the rewards of approaching by water is stopping at
the Wewanie and Shearwater natural hot springs in Douglas Channel.
Shearwater's hot springs are considered by some to be the best hot
springs on the north coast of BC.
Council provides on-site Haisla First Nations co-management of the
Kitlope from approximately April to October. The area is monitored
by a group of Watchmen (similar to park wardens) based in the Kitlope.
For more information, contact the Watchmen at the Na Na Kila Institute,
(250) 632-3308, in Kitimaat Village. Kitlope is jointly managed
by BC Parks and the Haisla Nation.
Conservancy is located at the head of the Gardner Canal, on British
Columbia's central coast, approximately 31 miles (50 km) northwest
of Bella Coola and 75 miles (120 km) southeast of the town of Kitimat.
It takes a few hours to travel to the Kitlope by boat from Kitimat
to the head of the Gardner Canal. The best time to visit the area
is in July and August, when the marine conditions and the weather
are at their season best. Visitors arriving in larger vessels can
anchor just outside the estuary area (deeper water) and then take
a smaller boat (jet boats are best) up the Kitlope River to Kitlope
Lake. There are no roads in this wilderness park.