Foch Lagoon, Foch-Gilttoyees Provincial Park

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Foch Lagoon, Foch-Gilttoyees Provincial Park

by | Aug 18, 2019

The entrance to Foch Lagoon is 26.5 miles (43 km) southwest of Kitimat and the lagoon is about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide and extends for 5 miles (8 km) northwest from the western shore of Douglas Channel, British Columbia. The lagoon is one of the largest and most remote lagoons on the coast with a unique tidal narrows at the entrance that creates treacherous rapids. Access is by boat only from Kitimat and the Haisla First Nations village of Kitimaat.

Foch Lagoon and Gilttoyees Inlet are in Foch-Gilttoyees Provincial Park and Protected Area. Foch Lagoon, Foch Lake, and Foch Creek comprise the Haisla Fish Clan stewardship area which extends southward along the Douglas Channel to Bluejay Falls. The Haisla name for Foch Lagoon is Mesgalhi (written Miskatla), and the name Gilttoyees is from the Haisla word meaning “long and narrow stretch of water leading outward”. The origin of the name “Foch” is not well documented but dates to 1923 and is most likely for Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, who was a French general and military theorist who served as the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War.

Foch-Gilttoyees Provincial Park and Protected Area protects 150,954 acres (61,089 ha) of rugged coastal terrain and includes pristine freshwater drainages bordered by steep rocky slopes covered with old-growth forests, numerous waterfalls, tidal estuaries, unique tidal narrows, and windswept coastline. The park also is part of a historical First Nations travel route between the Douglas Channel and the Skeena River, with the remainder of the route in Gitnadoiks River Provincial Park to the north. Read more here and here. Explore more of Foch Lagoon here:

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