Qwiquallaaq/Boat Bay Conservancy

Qwiquallaaq-Boat Bay Conservancy
Qwiquallaaq-Boat Bay Conservancy. Photo courtesy of Panoramio (beek65).
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Qwiquallaaq/Boat Bay Conservancy is a protected area on BC’s South-Central Coast.

Qwiquallaaq/Boat Bay Conservancy

Qwiquallaaq/Boat Bay Conservancy protects forested lands, protected bays and coves, small islands, and cliffs, and supports a natural and scenic setting. The conservancy is located in the Johnstone Strait, directly across from the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve, a reserve that protects key habitat for killer whales and prevents their harassment. The Conservancy contains a seasonal orca monitoring and research camp.

Sources of fresh water and protected beaches made the Boat Bay area an important stopover site for First Nations’ journeys requiring travel through the key transportation corridor between the northern and southern Kwakwaka’wakw’ First Nation communities. Marine and terrestrial resources such as salmon, crab, groundfish, wildlife, medicines, berries, and cedar were conveniently available to First Nations travelling through the area.

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