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Naikoon
Naikoon Provincial Park is located in Haida Gwaii, approximately 12 km east of Masset and approximately 40 km (.6 miles) north-west of Skidegate on Hwy 16. The park encompasses a large area of around 69,071 hectares (170,678 acres) of which 2,110 hectares (5,214 acres) is foreshore.

Traveling Here by Vehicle
Take Hwy 16, driving north-west from the BC Ferries terminal at Skidegate to Tlell. At Tlell, you can find the south-east entrance to the park and the park headquarters. Next door is Misty Meadows Campground and a short hike to sand dunes along Hecate Strait. Just up Hwy 16 from the campground, across a Tlell River bridge, there is a day-use site where you can find picnic tables, an information kiosk, and the start of East Beach Trail.

"The Pesuta"
The East Beach Trail starts off by going through the forest, then it follows the Tlell River to the beach and the shipwrecked barge called the Pesuta. The Pesuta, beached during a winter storm in 1928, is a 1.5-hour brisk walk from the day-use parking lot. Besides taking proper gear, you should also check the tide charts for this area of Haida Gwaii, especially during storm season. East Beach Trail continues past the Pesuta, traveling north-east eventually to Rose Spit.

Mayer Lake
If you continue travelling north-west, approximately 10 km (6 miles) from Misty Meadows Campground on Hwy 16, which happens to border the park from private land, you will come to a gravel road turnoff to Mayer Lake. Here you can find a small parking lot, a cat top launch, pit toilets, some tables, and a beach. Mayer Lake is well known locally for fishing, canoeing, and wilderness camping.

Beach Areas
Generally speaking, you can access the rest of Naikoon Provincial Park east of Masset. Here you can find South Beach, Agate Beach Campground, the start of the Cape Fife Trail, the hike up and around Tow Hill, and First Nations artifacts. You can also find access to North Beach to Rose Spit and East Beach to the south, eventually to the wreckage of the Pesuta and beyond to the park headquarters and Visitor Centre at Tlell. The park has approximately 100 km (60 miles) of beach access in total.

Agate Beach Campground
Probably one of the nicest provincial park campsites in the BC Parks campground system can be found in Naikoon Provincial Park at Agate Beach near Tow Hill. Here, if you are lucky, you can get beachfront campsites that face Dixon Entrance with views to the west. Then, towards the north, if it is a clear day, you can also see the landscape of Prince of Wales and Dall Islands, both situated in Alaska.

Activities
If in season, and with the proper license, people have been known to fish and have good luck at Agate Beach, going for crab, clams, and various fish, including salmon. There is also a walking trail up Tow Hill, which is adjacent to Agate Beach where there is a spectacular view of North Beach and Agate Beach Campground.

Campground Facilities
Naikoon Provincial Park is open year-round with full campground service from June 1 to September 30. The campground facilities found at Agate Beach include a campground with 39 vehicle-accessible campsites, and, at Misty Meadows, there are 30 vehicle-accessible campsites. None of the campsites at either facility accepts reservations or has power available. The campgrounds have pit toilets, drinking water, fire-pits, tables, bear-resistant garbage containers, and firewood that can be purchased from the operator. You can also purchase firewood locally or bring your own.

Fresh Food Provisions
If you are camping in Naikoon Provincial Park and need food provisions, the nearest place for people staying at Agate Beach is either at the Co-op Marketplace or Atwell Family Foods. For people staying at Misty Meadows, there is the Bayview Market situated in Port Clements where they have a bakery and decent prices on fresh meat.

RV Parks Nearby
During the busy summer season, you might find some of the campgrounds full. If this happens, try the Hidden Island RV Park in Masset or the Sunset RV Park & Campground in Port Clements.

Weather
If you do visit Naikoon Provincial Park and Haida Gwaii, just remember that the climate is controlled by warm moist Pacific air, producing mild conditions throughout most of the year. You can also expect rainy, cool, and sometimes foggy weather with very high winds at any time. If you are hiking or camping, always be equipped with wet-weather gear and warm clothing. One saying in Haida Gwaii is, "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes." Very true.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

BC Parks

 


Naikoon Provincial Park
Naikoon Provincial Park

 

Misty Meadows Campground
Misty Meadows Campground

 

"The Pesuta"
"The Pesuta"

 

Agate Beach
Agate Beach

 

Agate Beach Campground
Agate Beach Campground

 

North Beach
North Beach

 

Tow Hill Trail
Tow Hill Trail

 

Agate Beach
Agate Beach

 

Pesuta Trail
Pesuta Trail

 

Agate Beach and Tow Hill
Agate Beach and Tow Hill

 
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