Haida Gwaii is a remote group of islands — or an archipelago — off the coast of British Columbia once called the Queen Charlotte Islands. It is the ancestral home of the Haida First Nation. The name Haida Gwaii means "Islands of the People" in the Haida language.
You can see some incredible things on Haida Gwaii. It has some of the oldest and biggest spruce trees in the entire world.
It also has an amazing variety of wildlife. You might see porpoise, whales and dolphins in the sea. Bears and deer are just a few of the things you’ll encounter on land.
There are a lot of festivals throughout the year, including the Trout Derby in May, Aboriginal Day Celebrations in June and The Edge of the World Music Festival in August.
In the summer, you can hike and fish. If you like to bird watch, you can visit year-round to see around 140 different species of birds at the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary!
Haida Gwaii is also home to the largest collection of Haida totem poles that still sit in the place they were created.
This is the place to go if you want to visit a park rich with wildlife, visit historic Haida villages with standing totem poles plus the remains of longhouses and search for sea stars, urchins and octopus in the sea. The park is also the home of the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole: a 13-metre tall pole carved by Jaalen Edenshaw and his two assistants (his brother Gwaii and Tyler York) that represents the relationship between people, sea and land.
You can see an actual shipwreck in Naikoon Provincial Park! The Pesuta ran aground here in 1928. But that’s not all. There are blowholes that shoot saltwater up to seven metres into the air. This park is huge so you’ll see the ocean, beach, rainforest and wilderness here.
If you’re visiting Haida Gwaii, you’ll definitely want to learn more about Haida culture and there’s nowhere better than the Haida Heritage Centre. Visit the Canoe House or see the massive, hand-carved totem poles in the Carving House. Walk through the Haida Gwaii Museum and don’t leave without visiting the gift shop for original artwork.