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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

Experience the west coast at Bonanza Beach -Photo: Raven Ann Potschka


Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole - A Fond Farewell

Submitted by Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve,  and Haida Heritage Site

Skidegate, Haida Gwaii: July 23, 2013

Around 500 people gathered at the Haida Heritage Centre to say farewell to the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole as it began the next stage of its journey to Gwaii Haanas.

At least 100 people helped carry the pole out of the carving shed to the beach in front of the Haida Heritage Centre be loaded onto a truck and later a barge for the trip by sea of approximately 40 nautical miles to Lyell Island.

 Parks Canada / Jason Shafto

Many hands helped carry the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole out of the carving shed on July 23. Next stop: Windy Bay.

The pole will be raised at Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay) on August 15 to honour 20 years of cooperative management between the Government of Canada and the Haida Nation. The pole, commissioned by the Archipelago Management Board (made up of equal Haida Nation and Government of Canada representatives and recognized worldwide as a model for natural resource management), will stand as testament to this relationship for years to come.

This pole is also the first to be raised in Gwaii Haanas in over 130 years, helping to build a connection with the historic poles still standing in the villages of SGang Gwaay (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans).

The carvers will travel to Hlk’yah GawGa in early August to finish the pole in situ. Jaalen Edenshaw, the lead carver on the project said that finishing work in Gwaii Haanas at an old village site was an important part of the process and he was looking forward to this extended time in the land of his ancestors.


Parks Canada / Jason Shafto

The pole was loaded onto a barge and is being towed to Windy Bay by the Gwaii Haanas II

Don’t’ forget! For those who are not able to travel to Windy Bay, join us at the Haida Heritage Centre for a live broadcast of the pole raising and other activities on August 15 from 11-3pm.

Also, everyone is welcome at the Community Celebration on August 17 at the George Brown Recreation Centre.

Check out the Legacy pole video at



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