For thousands of years, BC's northwest coast has been home to Coastal Tsimshian people.
It's also home to a stunning trail that traces the forested shoreline of the Tsimshian Peninsula. Set seven kilometres (four miles) northwest of Prince Rupert (a 15-minute ferry ride from the city's port), the Metlakatla Wilderness Trail stretches beyond the outskirts of the village of Metlakatla, one of seven Tsimshian communities found in the province. Here, the 20-kilometre (12-mile) two-footed journey may require reservations, but it does promise a few treasures â that come in threes â along the way: namely a three-kilometre (two-mile) stretch of cedar boardwalk that passes through a lagoon, three engineered suspension bridges and a lookout tower, and scenic coastal shorelines with three sandbars that can be explored during low tide. Along your journey, you may even be inspired to linger a little longer, once you discover the trail is situated along a rich cultural area, identifiable by shell middens and culturally modified trees. And if that's not enough, time spent on the trail promises an occasional sighting of the marine sea life (migrating whales can often be seen from shore), birds and more that also call this land home. www.metlakatlatrail.ca
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