Naikoon Provincial Park
Naikoon Provincial Park
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TGB40
Calgary, Canadá442 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
ago de 2023 • Pareja
Hiked Tow Hill and the Blowhole Trails in Naikoon Provincial Park. Road to both are unpaved but very accessible Definitely do Tow Hill Lookout first and make a loop to the Blowhole and the east end of Agate Beach. The entire trails are on boardwalk but only the Blowhole is accessible by wheelchair as the Tow Hill trail has numerous stairs. If you can plan it, it is best to do the Blowhole during high tide so there is spray. Very enjoyable hike. Would highly recommend for the views and plant growth. En route to the trails you pass Agate Beach which is well worth a wonder along the beach looking for. On the south end of the park is a very doable hike to an old ship wreck. Some debate about wether it is 10 or 12 km. The park overall seems really well maintained and trails are clearly marked. Did not stay in the campgrounds.
Escrita el 14 de agosto de 2023
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chuck G
11 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
sept de 2022 • Amigos
extrodinary volcano lava rock from 10,000 years ago...a great board walk....careful the rental car situation in masset is iffy....rented a 5 year old nissan...gas gauge broken and windows would not retract.....and expensive.....The park is a hikers delight ...lots of walking along the boardwalk by the river and well marked with signs....stayed in Masset....a one hour flight from Vancouver and did some great salmon fishing
Escrita el 9 de agosto de 2023
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chuck G
11 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
jul de 2022
its a 20 minute drive from Massett....The lava fields are stunning by the ocean....They have a board walk to your not marching through mud along the river....So so gorgeous by the sea....we took about 2 hours...could have spent longer but i have a mobility issue....Loved it
Escrita el 12 de marzo de 2023
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canadá14.422 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
jun de 2022
When I wrote my earlier review, TripAdvisor had Naikoon under an awkward heading: “Agate Beach & Misty Meadows.” The title was, I think, kind of misleading because it implied that Agate Beach and Misty Meadows were at least close to one another, and nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, nearly 90 kilometers separates Agate Beach from Misty Meadows. Thankfully, at some point in the intervening years, the listing was corrected and all have been merged into “Naikoon Provincial Park.” That said, some of Naikoon’s more noteworthy attractions and sites do have their own distinct listings.

Naikoon Provincial Park is huge, encompassing 69,071 hectares and representing nearly 7% of Haida Gwaii’s total land mass. As such, one could easily spend the full duration of their time on Haida Gwaii exploring Naikoon and still end up leaving a few stones unturned. In terms of general area, Naikoon Provincial Park essentially begins just before the Tlell River Bridge, extends out towards East Beach and up to Rose Spit. The environment covered by the park is thus varied: Coastal temperate rainforest, bogs, wetland, sand dunes, and over 100 kilometers of white sand beaches.

While I think Naikoon Provincial Park defies adequate description, I’ll try my best to touch on some of the key highlights, beginning in Tlell and moving northward. Keep in mind that my comments here are merely like that of a stone, skipping across the placid waters.

MISTY MEADOWS: Primarily thought of as a campground, Misty Meadows offers a whopping 30 sites for campers. Potable water, picnic tables and pit toilets are also available on site. From a recreational perspective, Misty Meadows serves as a nice introduction to the wonders of Naikoon Park. It offers beach access and some nice hiking. From the main campsite, the beach is literally a 3-minute walk; however, I’d argue the beach is only particularly noteworthy during a very low tide. At most other times, the beach in this area is rock and pebbles. For those wishing to hike, Misty Meadows offers two options: 1) A short beach loop, which clocks in at about 1km round-trip; and, 2) A much longer beach loop, which comes in at around 12km round-trip. The shorter loop is well marked – just follow the posted signage. It should take you about 20 minutes to complete and goes through forest, sand dunes and beach. The dunes here are nice, but there are much larger ones further north. If you’re feeling energetic, though, the 12km loop may be for you. Basically, start at the same point as the shorter loop. Once you begin walking north along the beach, DO NOT turn in towards the Misty Meadows campsite; instead just keep walking north for a good 5km or so. You will eventually come upon the mouth of the Tlell River and, assuming its low tide, you can actually get fairly close to the Pestua, which is pretty cool. From here, and for another 5 kilometers or so, the “loop” basically follows the Tlell River inland. Walking this route, you will come across impressive sand dunes and spy remnants of previous settlement. Heck, you might even see hikers doing the Pesuta trail on the opposite side of the Tlell! Anyway, once you reach the Haida House, you can continue walking along the Tlell via the river bank or along the road. The “trail” will eventually have you cross Beitush Road and walk a short way up the dirt road towards the Tlell cemetery. A few meters in, you will see the trail, denoted by a pink marker, resume to your right. This single-file, well maintained trail runs for about 500 meters and brings you out by one of Misty Meadows’ more notable attractions, lovingly referred to as “the big tree.” It’s not uncommon to see people climb it and take a picture! Total time for the “big” loop is roughly 3 hours, moving at a very leisurely pace.

PESUTA: The Pesuta Trail is a well-maintained out-and-back route that runs 12km, roundtrip. Beginning at the Tlell River day use site, the trail takes you through beautiful forest and emerges along the banks of the Tlell River. Interestingly, there is an abandoned cabin along the way. Near the start of the hike, the Pesuta Trail does split into two separate paths – stay LEFT and follow the “East Beach” trail signage. If you choose to go RIGHT, you’ll walk along the Tlell River for a couple of kilometers and it’s not pleasant – a lot of slippery silt. At the end of your six kilometer journey, you’ll be rewarded with the remains of the Pesuta, a large barge that ran aground in 1928. The old barge has been slowly disintegrating over the past 94 years, but what’s left of it is still extremely photogenic – almost postcard-like! After seeing pictures of this wreck for so many years, I was elated to finally see it in person! NOTE: For more information, please see my earlier review on this site.

EAST BEACH TRAIL: This is an epic, multi-day hike, covering nearly 90 kilometers. The trailhead begins at the Tlell River day use site (same as Pesuta), and then follows East Beach northward up to the Cape Fife shelter OR, if you’re feeling even more ambitious, up to Rose Spit. If you do opt for this adventure, please note that some parts of the hike – at river crossings – should be done at low tide, otherwise they become impassable and you’ll have to play the waiting game. Of course, if you don’t want to do the entire multi-day hike, you can make East Beach part of a full-day adventure and hike to the Cape Ball Shelter and then turn back to the Tlell day use area. Doing the route this way gives you a real feel for the hike and its geography while freeing up multiple days. NOTE: For more information, please see my earlier review on this site.

MAYER LAKE: The largest lake in Naikoon Provincial Park. Mayer Lake is a nice day-use area suitable for picnics, boating and fishing. While I personally don’t find this site to be a “must see” location, I do appreciate the history around it: On the one hand, we have the rich and deep cultural history of the Haida. Both historically and in the current day, the area around Mayer Lake has been used to harvest traditional foods and medicines, including cranberries, crabapples, Labrador tea, and cedar for textiles. On the other hand, we have the colonial history, which is nicely laid out on an information board. Here, we learn that the area was a prominent settlement in the early 1900s – so much so that a boat was employed to run people up and down the lake’s shores. The Baxter Pole Company also set up logging camps in the 1920s and 1930s. As far as I can see, though, none of the settler history is really visible anymore.

WHITE CREEK TRAIL: As you leave the paved road outside Masset and head towards Tow Hill, you’ll eventually come upon the White Creek trailhead, which is denoted by a small hiking post. There is a vehicle pullout and information board immediately across the bridge. Reading it, you’ll learn that the “official” trail is just over 3km, one-way; however, much more is possible (in fact, the total length of the trail is approximately 22km, one-way, and goes all the way out to the East Beach). Nevertheless, while this trail isn’t as popular as, say, the Pesuta or Tow Hill, it has its rewards. Basically, the one reason you’ll want to do this trail is so that you can experience what GoHaidaGwaii has referred to as “Haida Gwaii’s Serengeti.” After following an old settler wagon road for about one kilometer, you’ll emerge into a bog environment, complete with small ponds, dwarfed pine trees and lilies. The ecosystem is definitely unique and is home to a few endemic species. As noted, there is a designated stopping point, but the trail is decently maintained beyond the “Trail Ends” signage. I’d definitely recommend White Creek as a “must do” for a wholly different perspective of Haida Gwaii’s rich and diverse landscapes. For more information, see my earlier review on this site.

AGATE BEACH: I described Agate Beach at length in my earlier review of Naikoon, so will only do so briefly here. In short, the area offers a beautiful basic camp site, complete with picnic tables and pit toilets. Each site provides easy access to the rocky/smooth beach below. The big attraction, for most, is hunting for agates along the shore – and believe me, there’s no shortage! The agates are often smooth, with some pockmarks. Besides agates, on a low tide, one can easily catch themselves a delicious Dungeness Crab for dinner. Afterwards, as night begins to fall, why not relax at the beach, clear your head, and reconnect with the elemental forces of nature?

TOW HILL/BLOW HOLE: Probably the most quintessential and well-known of Naikoon’s attractions, the Tow Hill and Blow Hole hiking routes are easy and family-friendly, thanks to boardwalks that go their entire length. Importantly, the Blow Hole viewpoint is even wheelchair accessible! The basalt rock formations in this area almost give Tow Hill and its surrounding beach an otherworldly vibe. Standing at Agate Beach, or the Blow Hole, the volcanic plug known as Tow Hill dwarfs you with its size and is, without question, the Park’s most distinguishing geologic feature. In fact, you can even see it off in the distance while hiking White Creek or enjoying the beach along the epic Tl’ellan to Old Massett hiking route. The Haida legends attached to this site further enrich one’s experience. If you only do one thing in Naikoon, make sure this is it!

CAPE FIFE TRAIL: The trailhead is located across the Hiellen River Bridge. I’d recommend parking at the Tow Hill site and simply walking across the bridge as there’s no real place to park otherwise. The trail, which is 10km one-way, follows an old settler wagon road and passes through Haida Gwaii’s rich and vibrant rainforest before emerging onto East Beach. The trail is easy enough to navigate, but is quite miry in some areas. The settler history is kind of fun to watch out for – keep an eye peeled for the remains of old homesteads along the way! While the trail is typically used as the terminus point for the much larger East Beach Trail hike, one could easily make Cape Fife a worthy day trip expedition. It is, after all, one of the only ways to access East Beach outside of a long loop around Rose Spit! NOTE: About 5-minutes in, the trail splits in two. Cape Fife continues to the LEFT while the unmarked and unmaintained “4 Corners” trail – another early 20th century wagon road – continues to the RIGHT. You can safely walk the 4 Corners for 20 minutes or so before overgrowth and deadfall make continuing a bit questionable.

ROSE SPIT: Speaking of Rose Spit, this long, sandy beach is one of Naikoon’s distinguishing natural features. One could certainly hike a reasonable distance along the spit from the Hiellen cabins, but driving seems more common. When we walked along the endless, epic beach, we were passed by many vehicles – mostly trucks, but also some standard, small cars! The entire spit is nearly 20 kilometers in length (one way), so if one wanted to do the entire thing, I guess driving would make the most sense since you’re at the mercy of the tides. At about the 5km mark, you’ll come across a small shipwreck which, like the much larger Pesuta further south, is quite photogenic! Oh, and did I also mention that Rose Spit figures prominently in Haida legend as the birthplace of the Haida?

SUMMARY: With its varying ecosystems, settler history and Haida legend, Naikoon Provincial Park is an obvious “must visit” for those coming to the “edge of the world.” Recreational and learning activities abound. Whether you want to hike, fish, dig clams, or just disconnect from the wired world, this is a beautiful place to do so. Knowing that you are walking through a thousand years of history at any one point is enough to calm your mind and help bring the world back into focus.
Escrita el 28 de junio de 2022
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Barry G
184 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
jun de 2022
I'm always facinated being somewhere where two bodies of water meet, in this case the Pacific Ocean and Hecate Strait. The spit is 16kms from the raod and I highly recommend hiring a fat tire bike to get there. Reserve a bike in advance.
Escrita el 19 de junio de 2022
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N&M
49 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
feb de 2020
This is an amazing place on Haida Gwaii! The beaches are vast and beautiful agates are easily found on the beaches! The camp ground is basic but is very well maintained and clean.
Escrita el 11 de febrero de 2020
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ArtBoyCalgary
Calgary, Canadá102 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
may de 2019
It can be windy and always rain is a possibility but worth it to find amazing Agates by the millions. The trip to get there from Masset was easy and well marked. We didn’t stay in the campground but many sites back onto the ocean which has amazing sites.
Escrita el 16 de enero de 2020
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EMVBH
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada90 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
jul de 2019
We didn't camp here but we did visit twice to stroll along the beach and to take photos. The rocky beach has many agates, which we were constantly looking for. It looked like a great place to camp, with most of the campsites by the ocean.
Escrita el 16 de octubre de 2019
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Tanya S
Goleen, Canadá87 aportes
4,0 de 5 burbujas
ago de 2019 • Familia
Naikoon beach is magical and North Beach, Yakan point, Agate beach and Keyhole beach were great for wave jumping in high tide and crabbing in low tide. The parks do a great job maintaining the unpaved road but it sure does get dirty with the rain. Recommend at least 2/3 mm wetsuits (I had 4/5 and toasty warm) and booties. No hat or gloves needed (in summer)
Escrita el 11 de agosto de 2019
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Miranda Cabiladas
Vancouver, Canadá94 aportes
5,0 de 5 burbujas
ago de 2019
Agate Beach is a viscerally powerful beach set against the misty forest background of old trees. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Old Masset and makes you understand why Haida Gwaii is called the edge of the world. In fact, once the road goes from paved to gravel, the power grid ends. It’s a beautiful place to unplug and listen to the high-energy nature around you.
Escrita el 9 de agosto de 2019
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