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Hartley Bay
Hartley Bay (Gitga'at) is located 145 km (90 miles) south-east of Prince Rupert and 80 km (50 miles) south-west of Kitimat at the confluence of Douglas and Grenville Channels along British Columbia's north coast.

Gitga'at Nation
Harley Bay is home to between 200-400 residences belonging to the First Nation Hartley Bay Band or Gitga'at Nation. The Gitga'at are affiliated with the Tsimshian Tribal Council whose members reside along this portion of BC's coast.

Fishing Industry
The Gitga'at Nation economy relies mostly on fishing industry with a local fish enhancement contract in place and some logging.

Getting Into Hartley Bay
To get transportation into Hartley Bay there is plane service with scheduled flights from Inland Air Seaplanes from the Prince Rupert seaplane base. Metlakatla Ferries has two trips per week from Prince Rupert - phone (250) 628-3201 or (250) 624-3337 - for more information and schedule updates.

Barge Service
For people who need to ship things there is also a barge service offered from Kitamaat Village at the head of Douglas Channel or from Prince Rupert.

Fishing Resorts
This area of the coast has some incredible salmon fishing especially near Hartley Bay. Several operators work in the area, notably King Pacific Lodge and Westcoast Resorts Milbanke Sound operation offering you floating lodges and top-notch guiding services in order to catch record-sized fish.

Boating and Marinas
If you happen to be boating in Hartley Bay, there is the Hartley Bay Fuels and Marina, nurse station, post office and a small store located here. The marina has moorage space for about 40 boats with different fuels available.

Hartley Bay does not have roads but a series of boardwalks that traverse about the various buildings and houses.

Bishop Bay Hot Springs
Some areas around Hartley Bay that you might want to explore are the recreational site and hot springs located at Bishop Bay east of Hartley Bay on the other side of Gribell Island.

Marine Parks
There is also Union Passage Marine Provincial Park where you'll find numerous peaceful anchorages and beaches. Other marine parks in Grenville Channel include Lowe Inlet and Klewnuggit Inlet.

Close to Hartley Bay is Grenville Channel part of British Columbia's famed inside-passage route where BC Ferries has a scheduled route.

"Queen of the North"
The route takes you aboard BC Ferries Northern Adventure from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. Unfortunately a BC Ferries the "Queen of the North" hit a submerged rock near Gil Island and sank in Wright Sound on March 22, 2006, located very near to Hartley Bay.

Horrifying Experience
This horrifying experience occurred early in the morning with the vessel experiencing rough seas, rainy weather and 40-knot winds with 2-metre (6.5 feet) seas. With quick thinking from the BC Ferries crew, members of the Coast Guard and a very helpful hand from quick-thinking Hartley Bay residents only two ferry passengers went missing.

Generous Hartley Bay People
A special thanks goes out to the Hartley Bay people for supplying private boats, warm blankets and hot coffee to help comfort the stranded and distressed passengers. The community set up in the Waaps Wahmoodmx Cultural Centre various accommodations for the stranded passengers waiting for BC provincial help and transportation back to Prince Rupert.

Tourist Services
There are a few B&B's in Hartley Bay and if you require more information or other tourist services contact the Gitga’at Development Corporation, phone: (250) 841-2602.

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