Née Kun Protected Area (Naikoon Provincial Park)
Accessible all year. Please check the BC Parks website for camping season details.
Camping, Picnic Facilities, Restrooms, Wheelchair Accessible
Taaw Tldáaw, also known as Tow Hill, is a large volcanic plug on the north end of the Naikoon Peninsula of northeast Graham Island in Haida Gwaii. Near the mouth of the Hiellen river and within Née Kun/Naikoon, Taaw Tldaaw is located on the traditional territory of the Haida Nation. Here you can see basalt columns that solidified during the Pleistocene period (about 2 million years ago!), hike through ancient rainforest, and watch for marine mammals from the Taaw Tldáaw viewpoints.
WHERE THE WHALES ARE
From the viewpoint out into Dixon Entrance, watch for dorsal fins and blows. Grey whales migrate through this area on their way to their northern feeding grounds in the spring and fall, so keep your eyes open for their double-plumed blows. Grey whales are known to approach quite close to the shoreline to feed near its sandy bottom. Humpbacks also show up here in the spring and will often stick around to feed in the shallow waters off the coast before heading south again in the fall.
The large, black dorsal fins of killer whales will alert you to their presence, whether they are chasing harbour seals near the coast or travelling further offshore. Make sure not to confuse one with the smaller Dall’s porpoise, which has white markings on its dorsal fin!
Pacific white-sided dolphins and Risso’s dolphins can both be spotted here and are often very active at the water’s surface. Watch also for elusive harbour porpoises and sea otters dipping through the water; finally, see if you can hear the barking of Steller and California sea lions.