Crab River, Devastation Channel

Crab River, Devastation Channel

by | Jul 28, 2019

The Crab River drains Crab Lake and enters Devastation Channel near the entrance to the Gardner Canal, about 33 miles (53 km) south-southwest of Kitimat, British Columbia. The Crab River is called Kasa (KYAH-suh) in the Tsimshian language of the Pacific Northwest coast. Crab Lake is part of a roadless conservation area that protects the lake and the headwaters of the Crab River.

Devastation Channel lies between Hawkesbury Island and the British Columbia mainland. It was named in 1863 by Captain Daniel Pender after the paddle-sloop HMS Devastation. It was first charted in 1793 by Joseph Whidbey, master of the HMS Discovery during George Vancouver’s 1791-1795 expedition.

The mouth of the Crab River was exploited heavily by the Haisla people. In 1913, a small village was reported here, and as a result, the McKenna McBride Commission established a reserve on May 16, 1916, with 10 acres on both sides of the river for use as a village site, fishing station, hunting base, and burial ground. Today, the Crab Lake conservation area contains a pristine lake and watershed, old-growth forests, and wetlands. It has a diversity of wildlife habitats and spectacular mountain scenery with high mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and smaller lakes and tarns. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Crab River here:

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