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Wander through the ancient rainforests amidst the giant Sitka Spruce and Red Cedar - Photo: Guy Kimola

Haida Gwaii is the only place in northern BC where travellers can surf the North Pacific. While the waves are best between October and May, Masset's North Beach produces swell year round - Photo: Guy Kimola

Haida Gwaii's experienced tour operators will help you to explore the islands from the remote west coast to popular attractions such as Tow Hill, the Blow Hole and the Golden Spruce Trail - Photo: Guy Kimola

We've got a selection of camping locations just right for you - forest sites thick with carpets of moss, rustic beach campsites and comfortable campgrounds with showers and hook-ups - Photo: Flavien Mabit

Explore our popular rainforest and beach walks such as the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, the Golden Spruce Trail and Spirit Lake Trail - Photo: Flavien Mabit

Visit ancient Haida village sites in the world-renowned Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site - Photo: Flavien Mabit

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the scenic remains of the Pesuta, a log ship that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

North Beach is known for its beachcombing and food gathering opportunities as well as surfing and other water sports. Plan for a day at the beach and visit nearby attractions such as Tow Hill and the Blow Hole - Photo: Guy Kimola

Agate Beach is adjacent to North Beach and is famous for... you got it....agates. Oceanfront campsites and a picnic shelter are located at this popular beach - Photo: Guy Kimola

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

 

Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum (Masset)

The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum is located in the original Masset hospital building (built in 1914) at end of the main street in the Village of Masset. The museum, although not prominently situated, is worth seeking out and losing oneself in the inspiring historical collections.

 

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

Upon entering the museum, I was struck by the friendliness of the manager providing a tour and an overview of the historical displays. The museum wasn't even open and yet we were welcomed in and made to feel right at home! I don't think you'll see that in many places.

The museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts, photographs and models of wooden fish boats from the Masset and Old Massett fishing fleet and related local fishing industries such as shipbuilding, whaling stations and crab and clam canneries.  

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

I was fascinated by the collection of photographs and articles documenting the history of the ships providing freight and passenger service to the islands from 1940 to 1976 (Union Steamship Co. and Northland Navigation Co.) and later replaced by BC Ferries in 1980.

The museum also features displays of military history, a section dedicated to medical equipment and photographs of the medical pioneers of 1914 and a collection of artifacts and photographs from the early 1800s capturing the story of another time in our history.

 

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

Throughout the summer months, the museum gallery is host to exhibits of local artisans.

Museum hours of operation:

June 6-Sept 6: 1pm - 5pm

April – June: Weekends 2pm - 4pm

Phone: (250) 626-6066

 

Contact Us

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Haida Gwaii Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@mieds.ca | telephone: 250-559-8050

Queen Charlotte Visitor Info Centre

open year round
website: www.queencharlottevisitorcenter.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Masset Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Port Clements Visitor Centre

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

Sandspit Visitor Information Centre

open in the summers
website: www.sandspitinn.com/sandspit-community
email: sandspit_vic@hotmail.com | telephone: 250-637-5362

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