Highlights of any trip to Haida Gwaii include a trip into Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Protected Area recently named the best National Park in North America, a tour of the North Island with its vast, sandy beaches, a Haida Feast and Performance, a trip to the wild West Coast and much more. Whatever your preferences, Haida Gwaii offers endless opportunities to discover or relax in safe and natural surroundings. An amazing and unforgettable experience awaits you. Come and discover the Islands!
Canada's most remote archipelago Haida Gwaii (Islands of the People) or recently referred to as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an energizing place steeped in culture with unique natural endowments.
The scenery of Haida Gwaii is diverse and spectacular and offers remnants of a time before human arrival. The rugged shorelines, stands of huge trees and kilometer upon kilometer of vast, sandy, unpopulated beaches offer the visitor a relaxed atmosphere where one can easily find solitude in natural surroundings.
Situated northwest of Vancouver and west of Prince Rupert Haida Gwaii is well connected to mainland British Columbia through daily scheduled air service and with BC Ferries which operates a vehicle and passenger ferry service year-round between Prince Rupert and Skidegate.
What To Do Here
Haida Gwaii is perfect for adventurers, cultural enthusiasts, individuals, couples, and families who simply want to vacation in a relaxing environment and soak up culture. Haida Gwaii offers endless recreational opportunities such as hiking and beachcombing, fishing, wildlife-viewing, whale-watching in and around protected parks and reserves of diverse wildlife and flora. Enjoy sitting back and relaxing in one of the many cafés and restaurants. Aboriginal sites and remarkable works of art make for good down time exploring.
- Hiking & Beachcombing
- Kayak, Zodiac and Boat Adventures
- Galleries and Artisan Studios
- Fishing / Crabbing
- Visiting local Farms
- Eating and relaxing at local Restaurants and Cafés
- Relaxing at the numerous, vast and sandy beaches
Haida people have occupied Haida Gwaii since time immemorial. The Haida’s traditional territory encompasses parts of southern Alaska, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii and its surrounding waters. Pre-contact population was in the tens of thousands in several dozen towns dispersed throughout the islands. During the time of contact the Haida population fell to about 600, this was due to introduced disease including measles, typhoid and smallpox.
Today, Haida people make up half of the 5000 people living on the islands. Haida reside throughout the islands but are concentrated in two main centres, Old Massett at the north end of Graham Island and Skidegate at the south end.There are also as many as 2000 more Haida scattered throughout the world.
“Our culture is born of respect, and intimacy with the land and sea and the air around us. Like the forests, the roots of our people are intertwined such that the greatest troubles cannot overcome us. We owe our existence to Haida Gwaii. The living generation accepts the responsibility to ensure that our heritage is passed on to following generations”