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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taxi Service - Telephone: (250) 626-5017