Hlk'yah G̱awG̱a (Windy Bay)

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site

How to Pronounce Hlk'yah Llnagaay in Xaayda Kil
This translates to Peregrine Falcon Town
Legacy Pole at Hlk'yah G̱awG̱a (Windy Bay)
Legacy Pole at Hlk'yah G̱awG̱a (Windy Bay)

Hlk’yah GawG̱a was an important site during Haida protests against logging on Lyell Island. During 1985, the Haida took a stand on the logging road at Sedgwick Bay. Their protest ultimately led to the protection of the area and the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.

In addition to the cabin at Sedgwick Bay, a longhouse called “Looking Around and Blinking House” was built at Windy Bay to house people during the logging blockade.

It was also once the site of a major village and later of a summer fishing village called Hlk'yah Llnagaay (Peregrine Falcon Town).

A trail at Hlk’yah G̱awG̱a runs along Windy Bay Creek and winds through old-growth western hemlock, red cedar and Sitka spruce. This is the last intact watershed on Lyell Island. Watchmen will, if requested, accompany visitors to the giant Sitka spruce, estimated to be between 800 and 900 years old, and past several culturally modified trees.

On August 15, 2013, visitors, volunteers, Haida and Parks Canada staff raised the Legacy Pole at Windy Bay - the first monumental pole raised in Gwaii Haanas in 130 years! The pole honours the 20th anniversary of cooperative management between the the Council of the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.

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