Island activities

Thank you so much for a magical respite in a truly magical place.

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For helpful information on services, events, activities and charters for the islands, check the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre website www.qcinfo.ca and the Guide to Haida Gwaii The Queen Charlotte Islands at www.queencharlotteislandsguide.com. Inlet tours or fishing charters leave from the dock in Charlotte, ½ a block from our Guest House.

Information on Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site at www.pc.gc.ca/gwaiihaanas.

Naturally………it’s a lot about nature, the islands are known as the “Canadian Galapagos”, for their rich and diverse wildlife and scenery.….gray whale watching from the highway from April to June, bird watching, hiking, biking, beach combing, exploring, fishing, touring in the inlet or Gwaii Haanas, sight seeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing. And it’s about relaxing, slowing down and taking it all in.

Our network of trails offers a variety of adventures, from half-hour walks along well-groomed paths to strenuous, overnight treks along remote coastlines. Take a leisurely stroll on Spirit Lake Trail, climb Sleeping Beauty for an awesome view of the east and west coast, hike up an ancient volcano at Tow Hill, savour the river and beach ecology of the Pesuta shipwreck trail, marvel at the old growth forest and culturally modified trees on the Louise Dover Trail….just a few of the possibilities. We’ll be happy to give you directions or suggestions once you’re here.

And then there’s culture…….and art……..and the artists……

Haida Gwaii is well-known as the home of the Haida, whose distinctive culture colours all aspects of island life. The Haida communities of Skidegate and Old Massett have fine examples of contemporary poles, cedar canoes and longhouses. And the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate is an internationally significant showplace of Haida culture.

The museums of Haida Gwaii feature Haida art and culture as well as the history of homesteading, settlements, and industry, some dating back to the turn of the century. The remote ancient village sites are open-air museums where evidence of poles and longhouses remain.

What the island communities lack in population, 948 people in Charlotte and 940 in Masset, our 2 largest communities, everyone makes up for in energy and spirit. There’s always something going on thanks to the volunteers who make it all happen. Every community takes turns hosting special events scheduled during the summer with many in promptu happenings and performances popping up any time.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the natural and human history of the Islands, Gwaii Haanas staff offer guided forest walks and beach explorations, day and evening presentations and opportunities to learn from visiting scientists and their research from June into the first week of Sept. We’ll have posters and flyers on hand with the summer schedules or check the Calendar of Events on the Queen Charlotte Visitor Info website or the Gwaii Haanas website.

A special program connecting visitors with both Haida and non Haida artists, the Art Route haida gwaii brochure (you’ll find the link, under “links”) features over 40 artists offering a unique opportunity to visit artists in their studios or homes with a self-guided studio tour. A centerfold map corresponds with numbers adjacent to the artists name indicating the location on the map. The work of each artist is described in the brochure. It’s available in hard copy at the Visitor Info Centre.