Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Massive moss-draped cedar and Sitka spruce tower above the Haida people’s ancient carved poles and fallen longhouses on the lush rainforest islands of Gwaii Haanas. Skies fill with bald eagles, bears scavenge salmon on wild beaches and the ocean teems with breaching whales, porpoises and sea lions. Experience a rich, remote landscape and seascape steeped in spirituality, protected by Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Haida who draw cultural inspiration from the land and waters of their ancestors.
Weathered, carved poles, longhouse ruins and traditional Haida culture are brought to life at five island village archeological sites by knowledgeable resident Haida Gwaii Watchmen.
Sailing or powerboating in waters rich with wildlife offers the most freedom for exploring Gwaii Haanas’ maze of islands.
Kayaking encourages slower paced and more intimate experiences with the ocean and its creatures as well as the primordial wilderness and ancient culture of Gwaii Haanas’ network of islands.
Visiting Gwaii Haanas
Things to do, interpretive programs, kayaking, bird watching, and at-home activities.
How to get here, facilities and services, weather, and maps, tide tables and charts.
Guided tours, programs, workshops, and learning experiences
Community services, tourism information.
Self guided trip, or travelling with a licensed tour operator
Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.
Guided day trips, guided kayak excursions, guided sailboat and powerboat multiday excursions.
Wildlife, weather, environment, seasonal safety, and site regulations.
Requirements, restrictions, and closures.
An intimate experience with land and sea awaits those with a sense of adventure and the skills necessary for a wilderness trip. There are no roads into Gwaii Haanas - access is limited to boats and seaplanes. Visitors who come to explore Gwaii Haanas do so either as part of a guided trip, travelling with one of our licensed tour operators, or on a self-guided adventure.
More places to discover with Parks Canada
Climb the mound at Gitwangak Battle Hill and survey the site of a legendary Gitxsan village fort. See the oldest collection of totem poles in British Columbia retained in their original context at nearby Gitwangak Village.
Catch a wave, or spread a blanket and watch the sun dip below the horizon. From rainforests on land to marine kelp forests at sea, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve embodies the rich natural and cultural heritage of Canada’s west coast.
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