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Spend the day at North Beach and revel in the views from Tow Hill and the Blow Hole - Photo: Talon Gillis

Gray Bay is a popular recreational site known for its beachcombing and camping opportunities - Photo: Flavien Mabit

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

Haida Gwaii's got rainforests, beaches and mountains to explore - let's go! - 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

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

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Flavien Mabit

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

 

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole - A Fond Farewell

Submitted by Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve,  and Haida Heritage Site http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gwaiihaanas

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 www.haidanation.ca.






 

 

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