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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

 

Mushroom Harvesting on Haida Gwaii

  Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

Picking mushrooms is a seasonal industry on the islands providing work for local and visiting harvesters. It is also a popular pastime for locals who are interested in gathering their own food.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

The primary species harvested commercially on Haida Gwaii is the Chanterelle, (Pacific Golden Chanterelle, Cantharellus formosus) which is found primarily in second growth Hemlock and Spruce forested areas.

Photo Credit: Ian Gould

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

There are several other common edible species such as Boletes, Oyster mushrooms, Shaggy Manes, Hedgehogs, Blue and Black Chanterelles and the occasional Pine mushroom. The harvesting season ranges from late August until late October.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

The best known area for harvesting is Skidegate Lake on Moresby Island (about 45 minutes by logging road from Sandspit). Harvesters from off-island frequently set up temporary camps along the shore of the lake.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

The Chanterelles are bought by agents for off-island companies and shipped directly to Vancouver and then on to the European and Asian markets. There are local efforts made to purchase the Chanterelles for locally made products.

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

In September and October, visit the mushroom camp at Skidegate Lake to meet pickers and buyers. The logging road from Sandspit to Skidegate Lake can be driven in a car, but some rental companies may not allow rental cars on the dirt roads.

Important note: Try picking mushrooms only with someone who is experienced at identified the species.

Further information:
You can find more on the biology of the chanterelle at http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cantharellus_formosus.html

Photo Credit: Haida Gwaii Culinary Coop

Contact the Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre at or (250) 559-8316 to get current road information for the logging roads.

 

Contact Us

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Haida Gwaii Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@mieds.ca | telephone: 250-559-8050

Queen Charlotte Visitor Info Centre

open year round
website: www.queencharlottevisitorcenter.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Masset Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Port Clements Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.portclements.ca
email: pcmuseum@qcislands.ca | telephone: 250-557-4576

Sandspit Visitor Information Centre

open in the summers
website: www.sandspitinn.com/sandspit-community
email: sandspit_vic@hotmail.com | telephone: 250-637-5362

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