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Burdwood Group Conservancy
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Humpback Whale, Broughton Archipelago, BC.jpg
Humpback whale surfacing within Burdwood Group Conservancy
Location Mount Waddington RD, British Columbia
Nearest city Port Hardy
Area 121 ha (300 acres)
Designation Conservancy
Established 13 March 2009
Governing body BC Parks

The Burdwood Group Conservancy is a conservancy located in the Broughton Archipelago in Mount Waddington Regional District, British Columbia. It was established by BC Parks on 13 March 2009 to protect a unique cluster of forested islands and islets situated at the entrance to Tribune Channel.

Geography

The Burdwood Group is located between the islands of Broughton and Gillford in the Broughton Archipelago. The islands are surrounded by Raleigh Channel to the west, Fife Sound to the southwest, Hornet Passage to the southeast, and Tribune Channel to the north.

Ecology

The Burdwood Group is a centre for biodiversity in the region. The forested islands are an important habitat for coastal bird species. The foreshore of the islands host productive butter clam and littleneck clam populations. The marine environment around the islands hosts a moderately sized kelp bed frequented by a variety of marine mammals and fish species, most notably Pacific salmon.

Culture

The islands feature culturally significant sites and traditional use areas of the Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em and other First Nations in the area. These include culturally significant shell middens and intertidal clam gardens.

Access

The islands are accessible via sea kayak or boat. Camping on the islands is permitted but no facilities are provided.

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