June 14, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, Hiking
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The Yakoun River, the largest river on Haida Gwaii, is well known for it's abundance of salmon and trout, as well as the giant Sitka's that forest the area around it.
Hiking into Yakoun Lake, about forty minutes outside of Queen Charlotte City by Forest Service Road, is very popular. However, hiking along the river uncovers more difficult trails. As with any hike, it's always best to go in a group and watch out for black bears!
Last month a group of us ventured along the river. It was wet and the hike was challenging. It did rain for a bit, but we were prepared with rain jackets and were sheltered by the trees. We saw remnants of logging practices, and of course, large Sitka's all along the waters edge.
During the summer months, we expect it to be a much dryer hike, but there are no promises! It's best to always bring your rain gear, just in case!