Tlell , Graham Island, Haida Gwaii
Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada
B.C. is located centrally on Graham Island which
is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Tlell is a unique destination known for its coastline
beaches, mounds of driftwood, unique art galleries and the Naikoon
Tlell has one of the largest easily
accessible coastlines available for beachcombing on Graham Island.
The ocean coastline, following Hwy 16 is covered in driftwood
logs tossed on shore by violent storms and sprawling with seashells
left behind from receding tides. The beach goes for miles and
at low tides, when the seabirds are playing, the beach opens up
making long walks a real treat.
Tlell is the smallest community
on the Charlottes with no real village centre. It is a community
that, at times, can be missed driving along Hwy 16 when admiring
the beaches. The region is best identified by the
pink building on the side of the hwy. From Hwy 16 you can see
printed on the side of the pink/reddish building, "Clothing
- Art - Cafe". This is a landmark you are in Tlell.
Tlell, B.C. has a few accommodations
and campgrounds throughout the area. The nearest gas station is
in Port Clements. A coffee shop (hours vary) is found just off
of Hwy 16 in Tlell in the pink building. A convenience store and
bakery (hours vary) is just up the street. The area is also well
known for the art galleries and the 'Tlell Stone Circle'.
The 'Tlell Stone Circle' tells the geological history
of the Haida Gwaii Islands, British Columbia. The posts are positioned in a
circle cradling 8 large stones - 'Grandfather Stones' depicting
the Haida Gwaii history. The rotating stones, fossils and crystals
are designed to represent an ancient medicine wheel and tell the
history of the Haida.
Tlell, Queen Charlottes, in an
attractive destination for people seeking wilderness adventures
such as backpacking, hiking, river fishing, bird watching, photography,
beach combing, sight-seeing, canoeing and sea kayaking.
Other identifying marks of Tlell when traveling Hwy 16 are the Tlell Fire
Hall, Tlell River Bridge, Wiggins Road and the Naikoon Park Headquarters
building. A large Naikoon Provincial Park Sign is easily seen
from the road marking the park offices.
The Tlell area
is the jump off point to access the Pesuta
Shipwreck trail and is the southern trailhead to the 89 km
Beach Trail which ends at Rose Spit and Tow
Hill near Masset on the northern tip of Graham Island.
The forests and rivers of
Tlell are also evident in the hiking trails of the area exploring
bogs, wetlands, sand dunes, old growth forests and coastlines.
The various trails range in difficulty from easy - Misty
Meadows to difficult - Old
Growth Alley Trail and East Beach.
Exploring Tlell, Haida Gwaii in BCeh!