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

How to Pronounce Gwaii Haanas in Xaayda Kil
This translates to Islands of Beauty
Gwaii Haanas is situated in the southern islands of Haida Gwaii, approximately 100 kilometres off the northern British Columbia coast. The park reserve itself has no roads and is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Most visitors – both independent travellers and people on guided tours – use communities nearby Graham and Moresby Islands as a starting point. All visits to Gwaii Haanas require trip permits, with excursions lasting anywhere from a day to a week or more.

Reservations and fees

Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

Visitor Orientation

Mandatory visitor orientation schedule

Tour operators

Guided day trips, guided kayak excursions, guided sailboat and powerboat multiday excursions.

Facilities and services

Mooring buoys, freshwater, washrooms.

Travelling to Haida Gwaii

Community services, tourism information.

Getting to Gwaii Haanas

Self guided trip, or travelling with a licensed tour operator

Camping and accommodation

Types of accommodations, equipped camping, and nearby accommodations.


Maps, tide tables and charts

Gwaii Haanas Trip Planner

Dreaming of a trip to Gwaii Haanas? Our Trip Planner has the answers to many of your questions and lays out the steps for planning the trip of a lifetime. Unsure if you are ready for a self-guided trip? This planning Flowchart will help you determine what type of Gwaii Haanas experience is right for you.

Download the Trip Planner (PDF, 8.2 MB) Download the Flowchart (PDF, 237 KB)

Gwaii Haanas Before You Go Guide

Are you visiting Gwaii Haanas on your own boat or kayak? The ‘Before You Go’ Guide will lead you through the process of preparing for a safe and memorable trip. From checklists, to packing lists, to nautical mile charts this guide is a must-read for independent visitors to Gwaii Haanas.

Download the Guide (PDF, 3.45MB)

Gwaii Haanas Planning Videos

Planning a trip to Gwaii Haanas? People who choose a self-guided adventure need strong skills in remote marine travel and the ability to be self-sufficient. Check out these videos for more information.

Planning and Preparing for your Trip to Gwaii Haanas Respecting Taan: How to Hang your Food in Gwaii Haanas

Gwaii Haanas Visitor Guide

Bring the Visitor Guide with you on your self-guided trip to refer to for safety, regulations, and visiting guidelines. Read beforehand to better understand the area you will be travelling to and how to keep yourself, others, wildlife, and the many cultural features of the area, safe. A paper copy of our Visitor Guide will be provided to your before you start your adventure.

Download the Visitor Guide (PDF, 7MB)

Gwaii Haanas User Map

Download the User Map (PNG, 4MB)

How to get here


Gwaii Haanas Office
60 Second Beach Road, Skidegate (Haida Heritage Centre)
PO Box 37
Daajing Giids, BC, V0T 1S0




Gwaii Haanas can only be reached by sea or by air. Generally, small craft travel the inside waters of Carmichael Passage and Dana Passage from Moresby Camp to Gwaii Haanas. It takes about two days, weather permitting, to travel by kayak from Moresby Camp to the northern border of Gwaii Haanas. A popular alternative is transportation by a licensed tour operator.

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