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Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The rainforest experience - moss carpeted paths, a lingering scent of fresh cedar and the sounds of silence - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

 

Annual Events - 2018

March

All Islands Art Show - Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay - Skidegate - March 2 to March 31, 2018

The All Islands' Art Show is an annual event held to showcase the visual artists of Haida Gwaii. The adjudicated show is held at the Haida Gwaii Museum and welcomes artists working in a variety of media. A Youth All Islands' Art Show is also held on a bi-annual basis. 

Photo: All Island Art Show

April

Seniors' Winter Games - Skidegate - TBD

The 'Winter Games' is a popular event for all islanders (50+) and is organized each year by one of the Haida Gwaii communities. The 'Games' consist of scheduled recreational activities and include lunch, entertainment and an opportunity to socialize with friends and acquaintances islands-wide.  Islanders under 50 are welcomed and encouraged to attend and cheer on the participants.

Fran Fowler can be contacted regarding the event at: ffowler@qcislands.net

May

Masset Harbour Day - Masset - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Masset Harbour Day is back for 2018! It begins with the Lion’s traditional pancake breakfast at Howard Phillip’s Community Hall followed by a morning of activities for the children at the recreation field. Activities include sumo wrestling, a bouncy castle, go cart races and face painting. The parade, always a crowd-pleaser, begins at 1pm along Main Street.

Photo: MassetBC

Trout Derby - Mosquito lake, Moresby Island - Sunday of the May long Weekend - May 20, 2018

This fun family event at Mosquito Lake is hosted on the Sunday of the long-weekend, by the Sandspit Rod and Gun Club.  This is a popular weekend of camping and fishing for all ages. Contact Jim Henry for more information at 250.637.2212

June

Aboriginal Day Celebration (Old Massett) - Every year on June 21st

Come celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations in Canada. This is a National Event.

Photo: Mary Helmer


Hospital Day Parade and Events (Queen Charlotte) Every 3rd Sunday in June - This year: June 17, 2018

Hospital Day has been an annual tradition on the Islands since 1908, when islanders came together to raise funds to build the first hospital in "Queen Charlotte City." It is the oldest community holiday on Haida Gwaii. Visitors and residents come together to play games, enjoy one another's company and celebrate their unique Island lifestyle. A colorful parade starts the day off and is followed by ball games, races and children's events.

 

July

Canada Day Events (Port Clements) - Mud bog, fishing derby and more - June 30 & July 1

Each year, the Village of Port Clements and its residents, go all out to host Canada Day celebrations for the Islands. The day begins with a pancake breakfast followed by a parade leading the crowds to the community park to participate in go-cart races, games and more. The highlight of the celebration is the mud bog with participants and spectators from every community on Haida Gwaii.

Photo: Cari Manz / Rubber Boots & Chickens Guesthouse

Skidegate Days  - Skidegate - canoe races and more July 5-8, 2018

The Skidegate Days celebrations kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the 'small hall' in Skidegate. Everyone is invited to come out for the fun. The multi-day event includes slo-pitch tournament, Haida canoe races, games, a salmon barbeque dinner and a variety of food and game booths.

Photo: Skidegate.ca

Totem to Totem Marathon - Skidegate - July 18, 2018

The annual Totem to Totem Marathon is a spectacular ocean-side course from the Haida Heritage Centre (Skidegate) to St Mary’s Spring and back.  This increasingly popular destination marathon has been designated a qualifier race for the Boston Marathon. Race distances are marathon, half marathon, and 10km.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Loggers Sports Day (Sandspit) - July 28, 2018

Sandspit Loggers Sports Day has been a tradition in Sandspit for over 50 years. The day begins with a parade through Sandspit followed by competitions in axe throwing, sawing, setting chokers, burling and a greased pole climb.

Photo: Flavien Mabit

August

Tlell Fall Fair - Tlell - Sunday August 4, 2018

This small agricultural fair is held in the community of Tlell which has been the agricultural hub of Haida Gwaii for over a century. The primary goal of the fair is to provide education on agriculture and aquaculture on Haida Gwaii. The Tlell Fall Fair is the earliest Fall Fair in BC and yet food producers on Haida Gwaii never fail to have plenty of quality local produce on display. The exhibit building’s walls and tables are laden, each year, with baked goods, arts/crafts, flower arrangements, house plants, sewing/needlework and quilts and the livestock exhibits are a draw for all ages. There's even live music throughout the afternoon just to make your day even better.

Linda Louis, from Sew What Ent, can be contacted regarding the event at 250.559.8975

Photo: Daniel Rabu

Edge of the World Music Festival - Tlell - August 10-12, 2018

Edge of the World Music Festival has been a popular event on Haida Gwaii since 1975. The event has grown from a celebration of local musical talent to one which now includes world class musicians, attracting national and even international visitors to Haida Gwaii.

Photo: Flavien Mabit

Agate Man Triathlon - Masset - August 18, 2018

The race consists of a 500 metre swim in Pure Lake, a 20 km bike ride to Masset Fire Hall followed by a 6 km run around the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary. Solo or relays.

To register, call: 250 626-5652 / E: qcirec@gmail.com

This a HG rec event. 

 

Haida Heritage Center Celebration (Skidegate) August 25

The Haida Heritage Centre (Ḵay Llnagaay) celebrates the anniversary of the opening of the award-winning cultural centre. The celebration begins with a clan parade followed by a day of activities and cultural celebrations, including storytelling and dance performances.

Photo: Haida Heritage Centre

 

Moresby Explorers Pig Roast - Sandspit - Last Saturday in August - This year: August 25, 2018

Everybody is welcome for this annual end-of-season party put up by The Moresby Explorers management and crew. Pig Roast and potluck style dinner with live bands and other entertainment. Come and celebrate the end of the season in style. 

 

September

Sandspit Wild Harvest Festival - Sandspit - September 8 & 9 2018 - To be Confirmed

Haida Gwaii Celebrates the bounty of the islands and its wild harvests.

Mushroom foray, Botany and marine ecology tours with experts, Guest speakers, wild mushroom identification and processing and more! Wild food sampling, "Wild Harvest Cafe" and the signature "Wild Harvest Dinner", by a renowned local chef.

Contact Flavien Mabit, the organizer, at sandspitwildharvest@gmail.com

Photo: Flavien Mabit

 

Coho Salmon Derby - Sandspit & Copper Bay - Sept.15/16, 22/23, 29/30, and Oct.6/7 2018

The annual Coho Derby hosted by the Sandspit Rod and Gun Club, has been a popular event in Sandspit for over 60 years. It is held for four consecutive weekends ending on Thanksgiving Day weekend. The derby attracts residents and  many off island fishers.

Contact Jim Henry for more information at 250.637.2212.

Photo: Flavien Mabit

 

Haida Gwaii Museum Gala - Skidegate - Usually Late September - TO BE ANNOUNCED

Formal night out at the Museum! Food, live entertainment and art auction.

This relatively new event is growing in size and is a fundraising event for the Haida Gwaii Museum. 

 

November

Annual Surfing Expression Session  - Tow Hill - Coincides with the November Full Moon - November 3 and 4 2018 TBD

North Beach Surf Shop has been hosting the increasingly popular Surfing Expression Session on North Beach since 2008. Each year, residents and visitors islands-wide head out to North Beach either to participate in or watch the surf action. The event provides free lessons for beginners and ample surf time (if the conditions are good) for the more experienced.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

 

Haida Gwaii Film Festival - This event is not happening in 2017 but will resume in November 2018

The Haida Gwaii Film Festival, founded in 2009, brings quality Canadian and international films to Haida Gwaii.The festival also provides workshops on various aspects of the film industry.

Photo: Haida Gwaii Film Festival

 

See also the Haida Gwaii Trader's Community Events Calendar

 

Contact Us

Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

website: www.queencharlottevisitorcentre.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

website: www.lovehaidagwaii.com/businesses/the-sandspit-visitor-centre
email: visitsandspit@gmail.com | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

website: www.portclements.ca
email: pcmuseum@qcislands.ca | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@gohaidagwaii.ca

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