Buildings from the turn of the century town site are still visible, including St. Mark’s Church with its lovely stained glass windows. Fisherman can try their luck with the wily steelhead that live in the Yanlkoun River, also home to the only Chinook salmon stream on the Charlottes. Also of interest is a visit to a Haida canoe, abandoned over a hundred years ago, that sits in the forest 8 km from the town. Haida carvers used huge cedar trees, then burned and carved out the centre, and produced magnificent canoes up to 23 meters and capable of carrying 40 people.
The town thrived until a down turn with the departure of men leaving to fight World War I, then met more challenges during the Great Depression, but rebounded with the demand for spruce for planes in World War II. Today it is a thriving village mostly supported by the logging industry.
Until 1997, Port Clemens was the home of a rare and beautiful Golden Spruce, sacred to the Haida. It was a 50-meter genetic oddity with golden needles, until the tree was cut down, in a strange and ironic twist, to protest logging. Cuttings from the tree were successfully propagated at the University of British Columbia and have been replanted by members of the Haida First Nation.