Things to do
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Natural and supernatural in equal turns, Gwaii Haanas is a uniquely untouched ecological paradise off Canada’s West Coast with an indigenous history stretching back 12 millennia. Kayak along shorelines teeming with sea stars, walk amid towering, century-old totem poles and soak up the moss-shrouded magic of 1,884 islands and islets you’ll have nearly to yourself. Activities range from one-day guided boat trips to extended boating or kayaking adventures.
There is nothing like arriving at a place and feeling pure serenity. That’s what camping in Gwaii Haanas is like.
Explore historic Haida village sites with century-old carved poles and longhouse remains. The Haida Gwaii Watchmen welcome visitors and act as guardians.
Twenty species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in Gwaii Haanas.
Stop at Windy Bay to see the 42-foot monumental cedar Legacy Pole carved by Jaalen Edenshaw. The figures in his design illustrate the connections between land, sea, and people.
There are many ways to discover Gwaii Haanas. Come and explore!
Haida Gwaii Watchmen cabins, hotsprings, culturally modified trees and more can be seen in Gwaii Haanas. Cultural sites are also found in rivers, on beaches, in the intertidal zone and in the forest. It’s important to treat every area with respect as it could be a potential cultural site.
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