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Haida Gwaii enjoys a maritime climate, which enables rich stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar to flourish. Nutrient-rich waters teeming with intertidal life wash the Island shores. Surrounded by such natural resources, the Haida developed a self-sustaining hunting and gathering society rich in oral language and tradition.
Both Haida House at Tllaal and Ocean House at Stads K'uns GawGa were born out of the desire to create businesses to support our corporate principle of ensuring that our land and waters function to provide for the long-term wellbeing of the Haida people. Cultural eco-tourism is a natural extension of everything the Haida people believe in, and offers visitors around the world a rare glimpse into the untouched, rugged archipelago of the islands of Haida Gwaii off the northwest coast of British Columbia.
Raven Pearson, a local Haida artist who created the symbol for both properties perhaps best sums up the essence of these unique properties in her explanation behind the logo design, “Rain sustains the world and is the nectar of life on Haida Gwaii. Water keeps the forests lush; the air pure. It fills the rivers for the spawning salmon and feeds the deer, otters, ravens, eagles and bears. Raindrops are forever connected with the ocean in an endless cycle of transformation; ocean, cloud, rain, and river ﬂow. The cycle would be broken without the rain. It replenishes the soul.”
Proudly 100% Haida owned, our cultural lodges focus on preserving the past with integrity and respectfully sharing our knowledge with future generations. Our employees at both Haida House at Tllaal and Ocean House at Stads K'uns GawGa are considered a reflection of our island home and our cultural excursions are led by Haida Interpreters.
As a result of our commitment to environmental responsibility and our respectful balance with nature, you’ll discover the untouched beauty of our land. Our hope from your unique experience with us is that you’ll leave as an ambassador to our northern archipelago with a deep appreciation for culture, tradition and environment.