This trail will take you through mystical old-growth forests, coastal wetlands and fascinating forest bogs, which Prince Rupert is known for the world over. Experience extraordinary plant ecosystems, wildlife habitat and spectacular ocean views. The unique plant communities surrounding this trail are influenced by the cool and wet marine climates of the North Coast.
This trail was built in 1992 & upgraded in 2003. It is an easy hike looping through the rain forest to a view point above the reversing tidal rapids. The viewing platform 1.8 km from the parking overlooks the rapids.
Butze Rapids is a natural feature due to the tide around Kaien island causing Fern Passage to reverse on each tide. The trail traverses a coastal rain forest ecosystem through old growth forest, across bogs, wetlands & swamps carpeted with sphagum moss and stunted growth pines. There are many boardwalks along the way, which can be slippery when wet. Whitewater kayakers can also enjoy the reversing tidal rapids, with surfing and hole-riding.
If you have a small inflatable packraft, take it along to Grassy Bay. This area has a nice shoreline, picnic facilities and you can go out exploring the waters of the Kaien Island area, go to small islands and ride the Butze Rapids.
From Prince Rupert driving east, take the first left after the Industrial Park turnoff on highway 16. There is also a large sign on the road before the parking lot as you drive west. This is a loop trail of 5.4 km from the parking lot. There are 17 interpretive sites along the trail with signs posted providing information on the plants and trees in the coastal region.
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Posted By: hikergirl
- Fri Oct 20 23:06:43 EDT 2006
UpsideGorgeous transition between flatland terrain and lush, green rainforest. Beautiful for a walk or jog, not a challenge at all, and neat trees! DownsideHigh traffic area, especially closer to trail head. CommentGreat distance for a short jog, and very neat transition to quiet rainforest considering there's a major road about 100 metres away.