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Anser Lake - Haida Gwaii
Anser Lake - Haida Gwaii
Lakes & beautiful stands of timber, Anser Lake is a very scenic property. Located on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) w/n the borders of Naikoon Provincial Park. Close to the Rose Spit Ecological Reserve, a perfect investment or recreational holding.
  • Size: 145 acres
  • Area: MNCOAST
  • Price: $355,500
  • Listing Agent: John Armstrong - john@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-307-2100
Description : The property is square in shape with a series of finger-like lakes between patches of treed ground. The spruces can soar over 180 feet above your head, and every step you take in this awesome forest sinks you deeper and deeper into a bed of dark green moss. This area is home to a wild Sitka Blacktail deer population and on an evening drive seeing 30 deer is a common occurrence. Nearby Rose Spit is an excellent spot for observing migrating birds travelling south on the Pacific Flyway.
Location : The property is located approximately 4 miles from Rose Spit, within Naikoon Provincial Park on the northeast tip of Graham Island on Haida Gwaii.
Access :

Haida Gwaii is accessible by plane or ferry with daily flights on Air Canada to Sandspit (on Moresby Island) from Vancouver. There is also air service from Vancouver to Masset with Pacific Coastal Airlines. Masset airport also accommodates private jets and helicopters. For those coming from Northern BC, North Pacific Seaplanes offers air service from Prince Rupert to Masset.

BC Ferries offers service from Prince Rupert with 4 sailings a week in summer and 3 in winter from Prince Rupert to Skidegate on Graham Island on Haida Gwaii. Sailing time is approximately 6 hours.

Rental cars are available in Sandspit, Masset and Queen Charlotte City.

From Sandspit drive 10 km (6 miles) to the Kwuna Ferry to Skidegate. Once at Skidegate, travel north to Masset on Highway 16 for 101 km (63 miles). From Masset travel on partially paved Tow Hill Road to the property. There is no legal road access into this property, however, this property is a short distance from the beach and at the present time there is the remains of an old trail to the beach from the property.

Services : None
Recreation :

Haida Gwaii is world-renowned for their fishing, both fresh and saltwater. There are freshwater streams to tempt the avid fly-fisher as well as the majestic Pacific Ocean to lure adventurous fishermen to this unique region. This area is a legend among sports fishermen worldwide with numerous first class fishing lodges attracting hundreds of visitors every year.

The avid fishing enthusiast can play in this coastal playground all year-round, attracting all five species of Salmon, plus Steelhead, Trout and Halibut. One can anticipate catching spring salmon upwards to 60 lbs while Halibut on the Island have topped 40 lbs.

Starting in mid-May the fish appear on the northern Graham Island coast and follow the herring and needlefish down the coastline. Coho show up in early July and can be found in abundance by late August. Steelhead are the winter catch on the islands, with the first run showing up in October and running through to March with the peak months being December and January.

Fishermen come from all parts of the world to the Tlell and Yakoun Rivers for the Steelhead run. Crabbing and clam digging along North Beach is a popular past time year-round on Graham Island. Razor clams and Dungeness crabs are abundant, and can be collected to create world class dinners.

Hiking, biking and walking on the beaches, trails, or in your own backyard provides enjoyment as well as relaxation for outdoor enthusiasts. Exploring the wonders of the rainforest is something the whole family can enjoy year-round in this coastal paradise. Haida Gwaii Tourism’s Guide to Recreation and Hiking Trails can be found HERE.

Naikoon Provincial Park, one of two provincial parks on Graham Isalnd, consists of 72,660 ha (179,493 acres) of low wetlands and superb sand dunes, with forests thriving only along river valleys and hills. Naikoon reaches out into Hecate Strait and culminates in Rose Spit, an ecological reserve and excellent spot for watching birds migrating south. Naikoon Park is known for its beautiful scenery, excellent hiking trails and wilderness campsites.

CLICK HERE to find a great recreational map of the surrounding Tow Hill community here showing hiking trails in the immediate area.

Haida Gwaii is well known for its abundant wildlife, especially hundreds of small deer. Seeing fifty to sixty in a day is not uncommon while spotting a herd of elk in remote areas is customary on these islands.

Vegetation : The timbered area includes 119 acres of cedar, hemlock, spruce and cypress.
Area Data :

The immediate property area was settled in the early 1900s with the area around Silver Lake being a 1,500 acre ranch on which beef cattle were bred. In recent years it is reported that the hard packed beach area served as a roadway for the extraction of forest products.

Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) are a triangular archipelago of some 200 islands, most of them small and uninhabited, covering an area of 9,596 km2, running 251 km (156 miles) from south to north and 84 km (52 miles) west to east. They are separated from the mainland by Hecate Strait to the north, ranging in width from 50 km (31 mi) to 130 km (81 miles). The largest islands are Graham to the north and Moresby to the south.

Graham Island
Graham Island is the largest, most accessible and most populated of Haida Gwaii. The average actual rainfall is higher than the average actual rainfall at Vancouver International Airport, but less than that of North Vancouver. The isolation and climate make the islands distinctly different from the mainland and permit unique subspecies to thrive here. Luxurious rain forests, shell scattered shorelines and sandy beaches provide superlative wilderness adventures.

Masset (population 884) is 25 miles (40 km) north of Port Clements. Masset, on Masset Sound, is the largest community on Graham Island. Located at the end of Highway 16, amenities include full tourist services, restaurants, accommodations, RV park open year-round and groceries. Boat launching and moorage facilities are available along with Canada’s most northwesterly 18 hole golf course Dixon Entrance Golf and Country Club.

Old Masset
Visit Old Masset, only minutes away where local Haida artists display their silver, gold, argillite carvings and jewelry. Road access available to the north end of Naikoon Provincial Park on Tow Hill Road. Tow Hill’s 109 metre (358 feet) basalt cliff is the most prominent landmark on the northeast coast.

History :

The Haida First Nation people have lived on Haida Gwaii for thousands of years. They have been referred to as the Vikings of the Northwest Pacific for their seafaring prowess. They are also well known as skilled artists, importing raw materials from the mainland and transforming them into amazing works that could still be functional. Today there are two major Haida communities left on Haida Gwaii, Old Masset and Skidegate. Both communities are vital to the island’s major industries, while preserving their cultural heritage.

Haida Gwaii was the first place in British Columbia discovered and recorded by a European, Juan Perez, in July 1774. In 1787 British explorer Captain George Dixon named the islands Queen Charlotte after his ship and his Queen.

In 2009 the Queen Charlotte Islands were officially renamed Haida Gwaii.

Legal : Southeast 1/4, District Lot 1012, Queen Charlotte Land District 46.
PID 014-019-264
Taxes : $486.14 (2019)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate. Surveyed by C de B Green in August 1910.
Map Reference : 54° 7'11.69"N and 131°41'20.40"W
Listing # : 18139