Pesuta Shipwreck: Explore Haida Gwaii’s Historic Site

pesuta shipwreck

Photo: Go Haida Gwaii

Abandoned shipwrecks are both eerie and magical.

The Pesuta Shipwreck is one of BC’s historic shipwrecks, located in Haida Gwaii – formerly known as Queen Charlotte Islands.

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The 264-foot barge was faced with a bad storm in the Hecate Strait on Dec. 11th, 1928. It was being towed by a tug boat when heavy wind struck both boats, causing the cargo and barge to crash.

The ship has been slowly decomposing over the last 90 years, just north of the Tlell River on East Beach.

pesuta shipwreck

Photo: Go Haida Gwaii

It’s become a popular tourist attraction, with a even hike being named after it.

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The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail begins at the Tlell River bridge. It’s a 10-km hike that takes around four hours to complete round-trip. The hike is suitable for beginners because there’s no elevation.

pesuta shipwreck

Photo: Go Haida Gwaii

The hike is part of the 90-km East Beach Wilderness Hiking Trail, which takes hikers along the entire length of East Beach.

Pesuta Shipwreck

You can find the enchanting shipwreck near the Tlell River, on East Beach, in Haida Gwaii. Bring your camera as the photo opportunities are truly endless.

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Meagan Gill

Meagan is the Associate Editor at 604 Now. She studied Journalism at Mount Royal University. She is passionate about Vancouver and enjoys writing about the people, issues and events that shape our city. In her spare time, Meagan is interested in photography, loves to spend time outdoors, and volunteers for Big Sisters.