Spend the day exploring the wild rainforests of northern British Columbia on one of these eco day tours. Soak and relax in the multiple natural hot springs this area has to offer and view bears, wolves, otters, eagles, swan, ducks, sea lions and ravens, maybe even whales, in their natural environment. The Kitimat Valley offers some of the best salmon fishing in the world and guests will have an opportunity to do some fishing in the rivers along the way where fish are plentiful but crowds are not.
Dala & Kildala River
Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Park is located at the east end of Kildala Arm, along the east side of Douglas Channel, approximately 15 km southeast of Kitamaat Village. Access is by helicopter and boat only. The park protects provincially significant and productive tidal wetlands, river estuaries, fish and wildlife habitat, salmon streams and Grizzly Bear habitat. The estuaries in this park can provide wildlife viewing opportunities for waterfowl, Grizzly bears, Black-tailed Deer and sometimes wolves. Also at times, Humpback and Killer Whales can be seen in the marine waters of Kildala Arm.
Kitlope Provincial Park
At 317,000 hectares the Kitlope Valley is the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world, located in an isolated region of northwestern BC, south of Kitimat. One must arrive by boat, sailing or motoring from the ocean into the Gardner Canal, and then anchoring in the Kitlope River estuary, just outside the park.
Unlike many parks that protect only part of an ecosystem, the Kitlope is a complete primary watershed from its glacier peaks to the ocean floor. Hidden in an isolated area of northwestern British Columbia, the rugged terrain of the Kitlope is cloaked in old growth trees, many of which are up to 800 years old and 10 feet in diameter. Species in the area include bald eagles, peregrine falcons, mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears. The rivers of the Kitlope hold large spawning runs of all five Pacific salmon species. All five species of pacific salmon, herring, and oolichan spawn throughout the many rivers and creeks.
The Kitlope valley is an important habitat for marbled murrelets, bald eagles, moose, grizzly, black bear, wolf and waterfowl. The Kitlope valley lies within the traditional territory of the Haisla First Nation, based out of Kitamaat Village. It takes a few hours to travel to the Kitlope by boat from Kitimat.
Weewanie Hot Springs Provincial Park
Weewanie Hot Springs Park is located on the east side of Devastation Channel in an area of 35 hectares approximately 38 km south of Kitimat. It is situated in a semi-sheltered bay with a hot spring and bath house for soaking, and is accessible by boat only. The park is used by recreational and commercial boaters for hot springs soaking, anchorage and camping. Facilities also include a pit toilet, picnic area, campsite and one mooring buoy in the bay.
A bathhouse is provided so that park visitors may enjoy soaking in the hot springs water. The hot springs water comes out of the ground on the hillside above the bath house at a flow rate of about 11.8 litres per minute. Water temperature at the source is about 44.7 degrees Celsius and about 38.6 degrees Celsius in the bath house. The hot springs water is not suitable for drinking.
Bishop Bay Hot Springs – Monkey Beach Conservancy
Bishop Bay-Monkey Beach Conservancy has an area of 3,374 hectares and protects one of the most popular marine hot springs and boat anchorage site along the Inside Passage. It is located about 25 km east of Hartley Bay and 75 km south of Kitimat and is only accessible by boat or floatplane.The Monkey Beach area also protects a number of attractive small beaches, camping spots, important intertidal habitats and traditional shellfish harvesting areas by local First Nations.
A bath house is provided so that park visitors may enjoy soaking in the warm and odourless hot springs water. The hot springs water comes out of the ground from a crevice in the granodiorite bedrock beside the bath house. It flows out at a rate of about 32.4 litres per minute. Water temperature at the source is about 41.3 degrees Celsius and about 38.8 degrees Celsius in the bath house.
Bears, wolves, and sometimes deer can be seen along the shoreline. Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Sea Lions and Harbour Seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters. Kermode (Spirit) Bears are commonly seen on Gribbell Island, to the west of the conservancy.