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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

 

Haida Gwaii on a Budget

Have you been putting off a trip to Haida Gwaii because you think you may not be able to afford it? Haida Gwaii can be visited and thoroughly enjoyed even on a tight budget!

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Perhaps the least expensive time to travel for most, would be in the off season. We are only a 2-hour flight from Vancouver and airfare can be as little as $500 return in the off-season. BC Ferries rates are also under $500 return including a vehicle.  

For more info on ‘getting here’ see http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/getting-here-around/.

In addition, many of the accommodations have off-season rates making travel in the shoulder seasons, more attractive http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/directory/category/accommodations .

Photo Credit: Dorothy & Mike's Guest House

There are so many things to see and do at little or no cost, the challenge will be to try to fit them all into your visit!

Photo Credit: Brodie Guy@brodieguy.com

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Let’s take a look at ‘a few’ of the low/no cost adventures to be had in the various Haida Gwaii seasons - many can be enjoyed year round!

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Photos

 

Spring (April/May)

  • Whale-watching from alongside Hwy 16 in Skidegate - During the spring, whales can often be watched from the viewing bench overlooking Skidegate Inlet. Jags’ Beanstalk coffee shop is located right across the road – so grab a coffee and muffin and enjoy!

 

Photo Credit: Parks Canada, C.Bergman

  • Visit the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum  in Skidegate -  The price of the museum entrance fee includes three daily tours (canoes, totem poles and weaving) at the heritage centre. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6.
  • You can also do a self guided tour of the Heritage Centre's carving shed, Haida canoes and totem poles (no charge).

Photo Credit: Haida Heritage Centre

  • Beachcombing/Beach Picnics – Haida Gwaii is all about beaches! The beaches are easy to find (along the roadsides with pull-outs and parking areas too). Beachcombing is very popular on North Beach (Masset), East Beach (Tlell) and the Sandspit area (Moresby Island).

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

  • Kayak rentals in Queen Charlotte (Kitgoro Kayaking) for appx $50/day -­   Kayak the protected inlets - bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

Photo Credit: Alan Lore / Kayak Haida Gwaii

  • Beachcombing on Agate Beach (adjacent to North Beach)

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

  •  Surfing (appx $30/day board rental) on North Beach or Stand Up Paddleboarding (appx $50/day board rental) in any of the protected inlets or lakes  -  North Beach Surf Shop or Kitgoro Kayaking

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

  • Museums – Settlers’ Museum in Port Clements (Admission is $3 for teens and adults/ children - no charge) and the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum in Masset (Admission is $2)

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Photo Credit: Katie Allen

  • Bird Watching at the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary and Interpretive Centre (Masset) and Yakoun Estuary (Port Clements). Admission to the Delkatla Sanctuary Interpretive Centre is $2. There is no charge for access to the Sanctuary walks in Masset or Port Clements .
  • Explore the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary's trails and follow the adjacent Cemetary Road out to sandy South Beach for an afternoon stroll

Photo Credit: Ian Gould

  • Wildlife Viewing - Wildlife is in abundance and viewing is as easy as taking a drive along the highway!

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Photo Credit: Mary Helmer

Summer (June – Sept)

  • Visit the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum - daily tours or self guided. The museum is amazing - remember to check it out. See above for the admission fee and benefits.

 Photo Credit: Haida Heritage Centre

 

  • Masset Harbour Days parade & events (August)
  • River Fishing (recreational fishing license needed)

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

  • Crabbing at North Beach - nets available at North Beach Surf Shop (recreational fishing license needed)

Photo Credit: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

  • Canada Day parade & events in Port Clements

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

 

Fall/Winter (Oct – March)

  • Visit the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum
     (see above for admission fee and benefits)

Photo Credit: Haida Heritage Centre

 

  • Surfing on North Beach - North Beach Surf Shop
    • Board Rental ($30/day) / Wet Suit/Boots/Gloves Rental ($30/day)
    • Lessons ($99/day includes gear, board and a 2-hr lesson + all day use)
  • River Fishing (recreational fishing license needed)

Video Credit: epicflyfishing

 

  • Wilderness hikes for all levels– for more information on hikes, see our directory listings
  • Beachcomb for agates, shells and glass balls! The Crystal Cabin will make your Haida Gwaii agates into lovely pendants

Photo Credit: Caroline Cournoyer-Galt

  • Storm-watch from beside the fire in the comfort of your ocean front cabin!

Photo Credit: Ian Gould

  • Museums – Settlers’ Museum in Port Clements and the Maritime Museum in Masset
  • Scallop harvesting on North Beach (recreational fishing license needed)
  • Haida Gwaii Film Festival (early March, 2013 - Skidegate and Masset)

 

The list goes on! For more ideas and travel planning help check out our website http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Haida-Gwaii-Tourism/185862411468748?ref=hl

 

Come on over for a visit!

 

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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