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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands > Port Clements

Port Clements
Port Clements is located 39 km (24 miles) south of Masset and 62 km (39 miles) north of Skidegate on the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands. Port Clements is situated about centre of Graham Island along the east side of a large inlet called Masset Inlet.

Masset Inlet
Port Clements started as a centre for the servicing of the logging camps along Masset Inlet during the early 1900's. Transportation and supply industries flourished with the expansion of the forest industry into the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlottes around Masset Inlet.

MacMillan Bloedel
Later, after a series of hard economic times, Port Clements started to prosper as the forest giant MacMillan Bloedel came in after Second World War. With the rebuilding of world economies there came a high demand for high-quality Spruce lumber. MacMillan Bloedel operated a large operation out of Port Clements right up until 1999 when it changed operation to Weyerhaeuser Canada.

Eco-Tourism
Today the economy still relies on forestry with logging, small mills and silvaculture industry all present. Eco-Tourism is becoming very big with Port Clements' proximity to the Yakoun River, the largest river on Graham Island, plus Naikoon Provincial Park which is located at Tlell only 20 km (12.5 miles) away.

Port Clements Museum
Places of interest in Port Clements Points include the Port Clements Museum. Here you can find a beautiful display of artifacts depicting the early years of Port Clements and the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlottes Islands.

Beautiful Ocean Scenes
Port Clements will provide you with some of the most beautiful panoramic ocean scenes around. Make sure you have a camera as the pictures that you can take, especially from Rainbow Wharf, are incredible. Stop by the Yakoun River Inn neighbourhood pub for some local people, good food, waterfront dining and a nice view of Masset Inlet.

Sunset Park and Camping Facilities
Located along Bayview Drive, heading towards Juskatla, you will find Sunset Park. The park has a nice walking trail which includes a viewing tower for spotting waterfowl along the shoreline. Sunset Park also has some RV camping facilities here including room for tents.

Great Fishing
If you enjoy trying your luck at fishing there are excellent opportunities both in the salt water and fresh. For river fishing come try either the Mamin River which flows into Juskatla Inlet near Port Clements or the Yakoun which flows out of Yakoun Lake near Queen Charlotte City. Salt water fishing can be found just off Rennell Sound or out of Masset.

Steelhead and Coho Salmon
The time for you to come to fish the Mamin River, is for Steelhead between January to March and for Coho from mid-September to around mid-October. The Yakoun River has a Coho salmon run from mid-September through mid-October. The Yakoun River also has rainbow, Dolly Varden, and cutthroat trout (catch and release) all year round.

Private Logging Roads
To access either Rennell Sound or the Yakoun River you can enter either from Port Clements or Queen Charlotte City. The roads are owned by private logging companies so watch for heavy equipment and please obey any posted safety signs.

Naikoon Provincial Park
Just south-east of Port Clements by 20 km is Tlell and the south-east tip of Naikoon Provincial Park. Naikoon is a large park on the East Coast with wilderness camping set along three spectacular beaches called East, North and South. There is a trail that you follow that takes you from one end of the beach to the other.

Pure Lake Provincial Park
Located 24 km (15 miles) north from Port Clements towards Masset is Pure Lake Provincial Park. This is one of the better areas to go for a swim on Graham Island. There is no campground facility but Pure Lake has a picnic area with a short walking trail to the lake for the local swimming hole.

BC Ferries to Skidegate Landing
To get to Port Clements by vehicle you have to take the BC Ferries sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing. Once at Skidegate Landing, travel north on Hwy 16 for 2 km (1.2 miles) to Skidegate, 42 km (26 miles) to Tlell, then 20 km (12.5 miles) to Port Clements.

Airplane Service
There is plane service to Masset Municipal Airport with a daily flight from Vancouver via Pacific Coastal Airlines. Flights can also be booked through North Pacific Seaplanes from the Prince Rupert Seaplane base into Masset Harbour. There are daily flights from Air Canada Jazz from Vancouver International Airport to Sandspit.

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