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Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry

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

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


Haida Gwaii Museums

Haida Gwaii Museum - Xaayda Sahlinda Naay (Saving Things House) - and Haida Heritage Centre

Kaay Llnagaay ("Sea Lion Town") Second Beach Road, Skidegate

Ph: (250) 559-4643

The Haida Gwaii Museum is a non-profit organization with an 8 member board of directors representing all Haida Gwaii communities. The museum originally opened to the public in 1976 at Second Beach, Skidegate. In 2008, the newly renovated 17,000 sq ft expanded museum was opened, as part of the new 53,000 sq ft Haida Heritage Centre. The Haida Gwaii Museum primarily focuses on Haida history and contemporary culture in the form of art, objects, knowledge and documentation.

The museum's permanent 'Exhibit Houses' include Greenhouse Atrium, Eating House, Saving Things House, Contact and Conflict, Keeping our Way of Life, Forest, Connections and Cycles/Natural History.

In addition, the Haida Gwaii Museum organizes an annual visual arts program of workshops and temporary artist exhibits; educational programs in conjunction with School District #50; and a series of public programs aimed at Haida Gwaii visitors during the visitor season (May to September).

Four to six temporary exhibitions representing the work of contemporary artists from Haida Gwaii as well as artists from BC, Canada and international destinations are organized each year.

Open daily in the summer with reduced hours during the winter. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for children 6-12, and

free for children under 6.

Port Clements Museum
45 Bayview Ave, Port Clements
Ph: (250) 557-4576

The museum, run by the Port Clements Historical Society, opened in 1989. It focuses on the domestic, commercial and industrial machinery of the post-contact period on 

Haida Gwaii (essentially that of the 20th century), with a particular emphasis on Port Clements and its surrounding area. In line with its founding precepts, everything is out on display and everything is labeled.

Visitors are welcome to sit and browse photograph albums documenting logging equipment retrieval and life in short-lived islands communities such as Buckley Bay, Graham Centre and Dobbieville, as well as an extensive collection of newspaper clippings on the Golden Spruce, illegally felled in February 1997. The preserved White Raven, a rare albino, can be seen along with film footage from its all-too-brief life.

Outside on the museum's verandah, in the open-sided pavilion and scattered over the museum grounds are several gigantic pieces of logging equipment, farming equipment, boat motors, stump pullers and the 'mysterious device', believed to be a Russian sonar array.

The museum is open daily June through mid-September from 11am-4pm and on weekends the rest of the year from 2pm-4pm. Admission is $3 for teens and adults, children and PCHS members free.


Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum
2182 Collinson Ave
Masset, V0T 1M0
Ph: (250) 626-6066

The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum is appropriately located in an historical building: the original Masset hospital, built in 1914. The building has also served as a school house, a teacherage and an alternative school.

The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum was organized with leadership from David Phillips and a group of dedicated volunteers. The museum opened to the public in 2001 and continues to operate as a non-profit organization.

The focus of the museum is upon Greater Masset’s maritime and settlement history. The museum features exhibits of Masset and Old Masset’s fishing fleets and shipbuilders as well as the numerous clam and crab canneries (Tow Hill, Naden Harbour, Old Masset, Lock Port and Queen Charlotte).
The museum captures the history of the thriving north end communities in a time of abundance and hardship.

The museum displays include photographs and documentation from the turn of the century featuring medical pioneers on Haida Gwaii, Union Steamships as the mode of transportation to Haida Gwaii, pioneer life and military history.

The museum also features local art exhibits throughout the year.

The museum is open daily during the summers and during the winter on weekends and for special events. For current hours please contact the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum Society at 250-626-6066 Admission is $2.

The Dixon Entrance Museum is the subject of another blog entry 


Contact Us

Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

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