July 30, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, Fishing
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One of my favourite adventures my family did while visiting Haida Gwaii was clam digging on North Beach in Naikoon Provincial Park, just outside of Old Masset.
We went out early morning, when the tide was low and brought along shovels, buckets, and big rubber boots. The trick we discovered was to look around on the sand for quarter sized depressions. My family was taught to stomp your feet a few times around these depressions, and if the sand moves that means a clam is burrowed underneath. The next step is to dig with your shovel, and reach your hand in fast enough to grab the head of the clam. It's exciting and a little exhilarating to do the whole thing as fast as you can to try and grab the clam. Even if you don't have much luck catching them (like myself!), it is still a lot of fun to stomp around trying to find the locations of the clams.
No license is required for clam digging and you are allowed to catch 12 clams per person. I highly recommend clam digging as a fun, unique family activity to do while visiting the beautiful Haida Gwaii.