It is home to the Gitga’ata (sometimes Gitga’at or Gitk’a’ata), which means “People of the Cane.” The community is served by seaplane and ferry from Prince Rupert. A distinctive feature of the community is the wooden boardwalks which are used rather than gravel roads.
Hartley Bay was established and settled in 1887. For most of the twentieth century, the fishing industry sustained the people of Hartley Bay. Today, however, with the decline of the fishing industry, employment has diversified, with tourism playing a significant role.
Town Population: 200 (BC Stats, 2006 Census)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Northern Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Northwest
Regional District: Stikine
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 41.0
There are no general practitioners yet in this community.
BC Emergency Health Services (formerly known as BC Ambulance) serves this community.
The village of Hartley Bay is a First Nations community on the coast of British Columbia. The village is located at the mouth of Douglas Channel, about 630 kilometres (390 mi) north of Vancouver and 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Prince Rupert. It is an isolated village accessible only by air and water.
The community is served by Inland Air from Prince Rupert.
The community is served by a North Co-Corp ferry from Prince Rupert. North Co-Corp is a ferry owned by three communities: Hartley Bay, Kitkatla and Metlakatla and each community takes turns with launching. Check the link to ensure scheduling accuracy.
Postal services are provided by Canada Post. Mail arrives by plane five days per week. The postal outlet is located in the Band Council Office.
Currently Hartley Bay does not have banking. Prince Rupert is the closest community offering financial services and ATMs.
Hartley Bay is in Prince Rupert School District #52.
Hartley Bay Elem-Jr Secondary (K-12, 33 Students)
224 Galagm Laxa Avenue
Hartley Bay, BC, V0V 1A0
P: 250 841-2511 | F: 250 841-2502
The Gitga’at Nation in Hartley Bay does not have an official visitor centre but offers a contact page on their website for those seeking information about visiting their community.
Several recreation facilities are available for public use including the Hartley Bay Memorial gym, playground, sports court, hiking trail, and Rachel Lee Park which has a baseball diamond.
The Waaps Wahmoodmx Cultural Centre was built in 2003 and this building is a unique feast hall and Elders Centre.
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