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The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the remains of the Pesuta, a log barge that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Roadside whale-watching in May is a popular activity in Skidegate - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The rainforest experience - moss carpeted paths, a lingering scent of fresh cedar and the sounds of silence - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

The Looking Around and Blinking House at Windy Bay was built to provide shelter for people during the 1985 blockade against logging on Lyell Island - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Owen Perry www.circa1983.ca

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

 

Haida Gwaii Storm Watch on North Graham Island

Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

While visitors may not be guaranteed a hurricane-force storm experience when they book their travel, locals can organize a storm watching weekend with very little notice. Storms have the potential for a staycation at its finest (in my humble opinion)!

I love a good storm …. Well, mostly when I’m curled up beside the woodstove with a good view of the storm raging on the outside. Thankfully, many of the cabins on South Beach along Tow Hill Road, are perfect for storm watching (ie: North Beach Cabins, All the Beach you can Eat Cabins & Beach Cabins/Rapid Ritchie’s Rustic Rentals). Rustic and cozy inside with a good fire burning and the surf pounding the beach right outside your door – doesn’t that sound appealing?

All the Beach You can Eat

For those who are drawn to the power of the surf and the seemingly endless stretches of sandy beach along Tow Hill Road, there are a number of sites which are popular with the surfers. Bring a board and wetsuit or rent them at North Beach Surf Shop in Masset and enjoy the waves or pull on your raingear and head to the beach – those glass balls have been found regularly over this past year.

Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

If your preference is for a more relaxing pace, you might wish to venture out along Tow Hill Road to visit the Chown River Gallery and its inspiring collection of local art and of course, you will want to make a stop at the Moon over Naikoon Bakery, famous for its cinnamon buns and coffee (open seasonally).  

While at the north end of Graham Island, you may want to take advantage of the varied selection of eateries or you might just drop into the Masset Coop’s deli and bakery to pick up supplies and hunker down for the weekend. A quick trip into Masset for lunch at the Ground Gallery/Coffee House or Bud’s Bar and Grill will more than satisfy your appetite from the morning’s activities.

The Ground Gallery: Full Moon Photo / Love Haida Gwaii

You can even pamper yourself with a relaxing manicure with Georgia Bennett in Old Massett. Seasonally, the Farmers Market runs on Friday afternoons on Main Street – pick up some goodies for the cabin for later. Check out the Islandwise Essentials booth at the market and consider some of their heavenly-scented body products.

Island-Wise Essentials: Full Moon Photo / Love Haida Gwaii

Alternatively, you might want to drop in at Island Time Pottery in Masset or Sarah’s Haida Arts and Jewellery in Old Massett, take the Old Massett Totem Pole Tour or visit the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum. Perhaps check out our Artist Directory and consider a visit.

A dinner at Charters Restaurant alongside the Masset marina is a dining experience not to be missed – but you’ll need reservations for this very popular eatery.

Charters Restaurant: Full Moon Photo / Love Haida Gwaii

Back home in your oceanfront cabin, the surf pounds, the wind howls and the fire crackles as you curl up with that book that you began this morning...Relax, you’re on Haida Gwaii time, now.

Beach Cabins

 

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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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