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

Tlell is a small village located 20 km (12.5 miles) south-east of Port Clements and 42 km (26 miles) north of Skidegate on Hwy 16 in the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands.

Agricultural Presence
The community is very rich in history of the settlement of Graham Island with the first settlers coming from England. They established an agricultural presence with ranching and farming that is still here today. Tlell has a number of small farms found in the area with a goal of producing and providing organically grown food.

Naikoon Provincial Park
Situated on the east side of Graham Island Tlell enjoys a relaxed eco-lifestyle built around the beauty of nearby Naikoon Provincial Park which borders the community to the north. Naikoon Provincial Park is a large park that wraps around the oceanside of Graham Island eventually to form North Beach just outside Masset.

Tlell Fall Fair
A good time to visit Tlell is the Sunday before the first Monday in August when the annual Fall Fair takes place. During the BC Day long weekend, the Tlell Fall Fair features gardening exhibits, craft displays, pony rides for the kids and demonstrations on animal husbandry. There is also live music performed throughout and a small number of artisans selling one-of-a-kind artworks.

Steelhead and Coho Fishing
For fishers the Tlell River is noted for good fishing with Dolly Varden trout in July, cutthroat trout and large Coho salmon during September to October. You also have located nearby just on the way to Port Clements, the Yakoun River, which is really famous for Steelhead fishing.

Pesuta-Tlell River Trail
An excellent walk from Tlell into Naikoon Provincial Park is the day hike to the Pesuta Wreck. The Pesuta-Tlell River Trail travels through a beautiful grove of Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce. Nature enthusiasts will marvel at the lush greenery of rare plants with the chance of spotting bald eagles nesting in the forest canopy or migrating salmon in the Tlell River.

Spectacular Beaches
There are some excellent wilderness camping sites inside Naikoon Park at three spectacular sandy beaches called East, North and South. The trail into Naikoon takes you from one end of the beach and continues to the other sandy beaches.

Misty Meadows
If you prefer doing day walks there is also a vehicle-accessible provincial campground called Misty Meadows located right at Tlell. Misty Meadows is open from May 15 to September 15 with 30 sites available. Unfortunately, it can get crowded and reservations are not accepted with a first-come/first-served basis. If you can, try and come after September 15 unfortunately when services stop, but the advantage is that there is no cost.

Try to visit the First Nation community of Skidegate situated along Rooney Bay near the ferry terminal at Skidegate Landing. Skidegate features a number of First Nations' art displays including totem poles and a museum found at the longhouses present at the Qay'llnagaay Lodge and Heritage Centre.

Crow's Nest Café + Country Store
For places to hang out in Tlell, one very relaxing place is the Crow's Nest Café + Country Store where you can find fresh organically made baked goods, fresh coffee, convenience items and a small liquor store. The Crow's Nest Café + Country Store also has daily lunch specials available.

Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands
If you have a few days to spare Sandspit, Moresby Camp and Queen Charlotte City are all worth visiting. Take your time coming to Tlell and enjoy the other spectacular sites that the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands has to offer.

BC Ferries to Skidegate
To get to Tlell by vehicle you have to take the BC Ferries sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing. Once at Skidegate Landing, travel 44 km (27.5 miles) north on Hwy 16 to Tlell.

Airplane Service
There are daily flights from Air Canada from Vancouver International Airport to Sandspit located on Moresby Island. From Sandspit to Tlell you will need to rent a car or use Sandspit Taxi and travel aboard BC Ferries sailing to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island.

  • Sandspit Taxi - Telephone: (250) 637-5655

There is plane service to Masset Municipal Airport with a daily flight from Prince Rupert Airport via Pacific Coastal Airlines. Flights can also be booked through North Pacific Seaplanes from the Prince Rupert Seaplane base into Masset Harbour. Coach Service with Northwest Recreation Services can be arranged, Jerry's Taxi Service or vehicle rental.

  • Jerry's Taxi Service - Telephone: (250) 626-5017

Information on Tlell



Map of Tlell
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Naikoon Provincial Park
Naikoon Provincial Park


Tlell Farmers Market
Tlell Farmers Market


Pesuta Wreck
Pesuta Wreck


Beach at Tlell
Beach at Tlell


Jungle Beach
Jungle Beach


Crow's Nest Café + Country Store
Crow's Nest Café + Country Store


Tlell Farmland
Tlell Farmland


Hwy 16 - Tlell Beach
Hwy 16 - Tlell Beach


Halibut Bight Rest Area
Halibut Bight Rest Area

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