Resources for Visitors

Travel & Accommodation

For information about Travel to Klemtu and Accommodation, visit our How to Get Here page.

Services

Klemtu is a small remote village. There is a grocery store, convenience store, fuel dock, post office, and health clinic.

Conducting Business or Research

If you would like to conduct business in Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory (e.g. research, tourism, filming), please apply for the applicable Protocol Agreement here.

Monitoring & Compliance

Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation is actively protecting and stewarding the lands, oceans and resources in the Nation’s territory. Kitasoo/Xai’xais Guardians & other Kitasoo/Xai’xais stewardship staff are out in the territory daily undertaking research, monitoring and compliance activities.

Please help us protect and steward our territory for future generations by following our rules and guidelines.

Please report any unusual or suspicious activities to a Guardian Watchmen or the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Stewardship Authority office.

Kitasoo/Xai’xais Stewardship Authority
Phone: 250-839-1096
Email: admin@kxsa.ca

Restricted Areas
Legal Name Alternate Name Type Restriction
Canoona Canoona River Reserve No land access to Canoona reserve
Weeteeam Weeteeam Reserve No land access to Weeteeam Bay
Kdad eesh Borrowman Bay Reserve No land access to Borrowman Bay
Kinmakanksk Dis’ju Reserve No land access to Kinmakanksk /Dis’ju Indian Reserve
Quckwa Kwa kwa Reserve No access to Kwakwa Creek, Kwakwa Inlet, or Cann Inlet
Goo wee Price Creek Reserve No access to either side of Price Creek to Price Lake
Ulthakoush Buie Creek Reserve No land access to Ulthakoush reserve or Buie Creek
Mary’s Cove Mary’s Cove Reserve No access to Mary’s Cove
Oatswish Oatswish Reserve No access to Oatswish reserve or Feeder Creek
Gander Island Gander Island Reserve No access to Moore Islands
Dil-ma-sow Kent Inlet Reserve No access to Kent Inlet
Lattkaloup Powles Creek Reserve No land access to either side of Powles Creek
Saint Joe Fifer Creek Reserve No land access to either side of Fifer Creek to lake
Skilak Gorilla Creek Reserve No access to Griffin Passage narrows south of Skilak reserve include Gorilla Creek
Pyne Creek Cultural/Ecological Area No access to Pyne Creek at the head of Bay of Plenty
Green Lagoon Cultural/Ecological Area No access to Green Lagoon north of the Green Inlet narrows
Steep Creek Cultural/Ecological Area No land access to either side of Steep Creek to the lake
Korich Creek Cultural/Ecological Area No land access to either side of Korich Creek to Korich Lake.
Mussel Inlet Láiq Cultural/Ecological Area No land access except dog walking area [map]
Marvin Islands Cultural/Ecological Area No land access to Marvin Islands in Kitasu Bay.

 

Protected Areas

In addition to the Reserves and other Restricted Areas above, the Conservancies below have additional site-specific rules that visitors should be aware of before planning to visit these areas. More information is available at the links below.

Fiordland Conservancy

Khutze Conservancy

Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy

 

Fishing Restrictions

When necessary, the Kitasoo/Xai’xais will set catch limits, close specific areas of the Territory to harvesting, restrict the harvest of specific species, define community member only food fish areas, and issue food fish permits.

Currently the Kitasoo/Xai’xais is conducting research on crab harvest and abundance and subsequently has closed areas for crab harvesting to maintain proper research control sites.

Crab Closures

The following sites are currently closed to Dungeness Crab Harvesting for research purposes:

  • Mussel Inlet
    Subarea 7-7
    Those portions of Mussel Inlet lying easterly of a line that begins at 52°54.608550’N 128°7.088569’W [Carse Point] then south to 52°53.891016’N 128°6.686082’W [east of David Bay].
  • Kynoch Inlet
    Subarea 7-11 Those waters of Kynoch Inlet lying easterly of a line that begins at 52° 46.109’N 128°07.820’W [Garvey Point] then to 52°45.582’N 128°06.788’W [Kynoch Point]
  • Higgins Passage
    Those portions of Subareas 6-16 and 7-3 lying inside of a line that begins at 52°29.074586’N 128°45.836113’W [southwest Swindle Island], then southwest to 52° 28.658625’N 128°47.783029’W, then south to 52°27.752182’N 128°47.957771’W, then east to 52°27.505255’N 128°45.896523’W [west Price Island], then following the northern shoreline of Price Island to 52°27.564212’N 128°37.583357’W, then 52° 27.919086’N 128°36.925324’W then following the southern shoreline of Swindle Island to the beginning point.

Rockfish Conservation Areas

Recreational Fishing Closure

  • Gitdisdzu Lugyeks Marine Protected Area  Those waters in Kitasu Bay southeast of a line from 52°33’29.8″N 128°48’50.6″W [Wilby Point] to 52°35’34.5″N 128°45’17.8″W [Wingate Point].

Commercial Crab Closures

  • Higgins Passage:Those portions of Subareas 6-16 and 7-3 lying inside of a line that begins at 52°29.074586’N 128°45.836113’W [southwest Swindle Island], then southwest to 52°28.658625’N 128°47.783029’W, then south to 52°27.752182’N 128°47.957771’W, then east to 52°27.505255’N 128°45.896523’W [west Price Island], then following the northern shoreline of Price Island to 52°27.564212’N 128°37.583357’W, then 52°27.919086’N 128°36.925324’W then following the southern shoreline of Swindle Island to the beginning point. (First Nations FSC and Recreational Access Closure)
  • Kynoch Inlet:Subarea 7-11Those waters of Kynoch Inlet lying easterly of a line that begins at 52°46.109’N 128°07.820’W [Garvey Point] then to 52°45.582’N 128°06.788’W [Kynoch Point]. (First Nations FSC and Recreational Access Closure)
  • Mussel Inlet: Subarea 7-7
    Those portions of Mussel Inlet lying easterly of a line that begins at 52°54.608550’N 128°7.088569’W [Carse Point] then south to 52°53.891016’N 128°6.686082’W [east of David Bay]. (First Nations FSC and Recreational Access Closure)
  • Khutze Inlet:Subarea 6-23Those waters of Khutze Inlet lying easterly of a line that begins at 53°05.259’N 128°33.381’W [Asher Point] then to 53°04.041’N 128°33.051’W [Griffin Point].(First Nations FSC and Recreational Access Closure).
  • Subarea 7-6 [including Bottleneck]
    Those waters of Finlayson Channel inside a line that begins at 52°53.012’N 128°30.634’W [Sarah Head] then true east to 52°53.012’N 128°29.883’W [mainland] then following the shoreline to 52°49.124’N 128°23.499’W [Carter Point] then to 52°48.316’N 128°23.541’W [Fawn Point] then following the westerly shoreline of Roderick Island to 52°38.529’N 128°26.799’W [Roderick Island] then true west to 52°38.529’N 128°30.330’W [Pering Point] then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point (First Nations and Recreational Access Closure)
  • Subarea 7-10 [including James Bay]
    Those waters of Mathieson Channel and adjacent waters inside a line that begins at 52°46.109’N 128°09.358’W [Pooley Island] then true east to 52°46.109’N 128°07.820’W [Garvey Point] then to 52°45.582’N 128°06.788’W [Kynoch Point] then southerly following the shoreline to 52°34.310’N 128°14.752’W [Hird Point] then to 52°35.229’N 128°17.203’W [Charles Head] then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point (First Nations and Recreational Access Closure)
Kayaking & Camping

Wilderness camping is allowed year-round at the recommended camp sites throughout the territory (see map). No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Kitasoo/Xai’xais Indian Reserves and Restricted Access ares are restricted. Visitors need to be self-sufficient and prepared. Please ensure you read this brochure before camping in Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory.

Exploring Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory by kayak is only recommended for experienced paddlers.

Bighouse Tours

A tour of the Klemtu bighouse can be arranged that with our office by phone (250-839-1096) or email (admin@kxsa.ca). The fee is $20/guest (payable to the Stewardship Office in Klemtu by cheque or cash) and gratuities are accepted by local guides.

Drones

Drone use in Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory is not permitted in the Territory without prior written permission from Kitasoo/Xai’xais stewardship office.

To apply for permission for drone use, please complete an application form here and submit to: engagement@kxsa.ca

Interacting with Wildlife

The entire territory is habitat for wildlife. If you are planning to visit the territory beyond the village of Klemtu, come informed and prepared to keep yourself, your pets, and any wildlife you might encounter safe.