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The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the remains of the Pesuta, a log barge that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Roadside whale-watching in May is a popular activity in Skidegate - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

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

The Looking Around and Blinking House at Windy Bay was built to provide shelter for people during the 1985 blockade against logging on Lyell Island - 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

Visit the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre and Museum at Second Beach in Skidegate - Photo: Flavien Mabit

 

A Winter ‘Get Away’ on Haida Gwaii

Have you ever contemplated a quiet secluded holiday – a vacation to 'get away from it all'? 

Photo Credit: Caroline Cournoyer-Galt

That’s just what our family did over the Christmas holiday season this year. We were offered an opportunity to ‘farm sit’ for Maude Island Farm and of course, we couldn’t resist!

Photo Credit: Maude Island Farm

Maude Island is about a 45 minute ride in a skiff (or 20 minutes with a more powerful motor!) across the harbor from the Village of Queen Charlotte. 

Photo Credit: Caroline Cournoyer-Galt

Photo Credit: Caroline Cournoyer-Galt

We chose to be without phone or internet services (although Telus sticks work fine for cell phone/internet access on Maude Island) and the closest neighbor was at the far end of the island.

Essentials included the marine radio, food, rain gear, a change of clothes, books and the camera. This was beginning to look like a week of ‘forced’ relaxation.

The ‘farmhouse’ was sturdy and warm and welcoming. Much of my week was spent reading books next to the wood stove – not because it was cold out but just because it felt good! I claimed one chair next to the stove while the 'farm cat' claimed the other.

Photo Credit: Maude Island Farm

An abundant supply of fresh salad greens was available in the greenhouse and when complimented with the gourmet salad dressings made by ‘Maude Island Frannie’, we ate in style!

The weather throughout the week was mild and perfect for beach walks and exploring the surrounding forested areas.

Abandoned beach cabins provided stunning views of the water and a sense of nostalgia overcame me as I recalled the amazing and talented individuals and families who had made up this ‘unintentional community’ over the years. Every cabin has its stories.

Strolls along the beach, quiet walks under the forest canopy, reading by the fire and hot baths in a claw foot tub – this was my winter ‘get away’.  

Haida Gwaii can offer you this and more! Using trip planning resources such as the Go Haida Gwaii website and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre services, you can create your own winter ‘get away’!

Photo Credit: Mary Helmer

Check out the current off-season airfares from Vancouver to Masset (Pacific Coastal Airlines)or Vancouver to Sandspit (Air Canada) – under $500 Return!

 

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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