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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on Port Clements