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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

Experience the west coast at Bonanza Beach -Photo: Raven Ann Potschka


The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole July 2013 Update

Submitted by Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve,  and Haida Heritage Site

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Archipelago  Management Board members with the pole they commissioned to celebrate 20 years of cooperative management: From left:, Ernie Gladstone (Gwaii Haanas superintendent),  Cindy Boyko (CHN),  Jason Alsop (CHN), Robert Bennett (CHN). Missing: David Argument (Parks Canada), Mel Koytk (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole is a 42-foot monumental pole commissioned by a unique cooperative management board made up of equal members of the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. Known as the Archipelago Management Board (AMB), the body is renowned throughout the world as a model for cultural and natural resource governance. The pole is being carved to honour the 20th anniversary of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement, the cornerstone of the  groundbreaking relationship that protects the natural and marine resources.

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Gwaii Haanas cultural resource management advisor Camille Collinson (right) talks about the Legacy Pole with school children

The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole will be raised at Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay) on Lyell Island on Aug. 15, 2013. For those who are not able to travel to Windy Bay, join us at the Haida Heritage Centre for a live broadcast and other festivities.   This will be the first pole raised in the Gwaii Haanas region in over 130 years, building a connection with the historic poles still standing in the villages of SGang Gwaay (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Skedans (K’uuna Llnagaay). Working together to sustain the continuity of Haida culture is a key commitment in the Gwaii Haanas Agreement. 

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Pencil marks guide the carvers

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Jaalen rests against a half-built canoe in the forest where monumental pole trees can also be found

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Jaalen measures a tree with an old test hole cut into the trunk to determine the soundness of the tree

The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole features the interconnections between the land, sea and people and was inspired by all of those who take care of Gwaii Haanas: Haida Gwaii Watchmen, Gwaii Haanas staff, Archipelago Management Board members, visitors, researchers and more. Along with Raven, Eagle, Sculpin, Grizzly Bear and more, Jaalen also included Sacred-One-Standing-and-Moving, the  supernatural being responsible for earthquakes. This figure honours the impact the 7.7 magnitude Oct. 2012 earthquake had on Hotspring Island, a place of great cultural importance to the Haida Nation. 

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The figures are starting to take shape

Jaalen was picked by a Haida Nation-led  jury as the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole carver and he chose Tyler York and Gwaai Edenshaw as his assistants. Jaalen was born in 1980 and is a member of the Ts’aahl – Eagle clan.  In 2009, Jaalen was the head carver of the 36-foot ‘Cormorant’ pole for the village of Old Massett.  In 2010 he and his older brother Gwaai collaborated on the 43-foot ‘Two Brothers’ pole raised in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Jaalen draws his inspiration from the language, the stories, and the natural world of Haida Gwaii.   Gwaai is best known for his unique designs in gold and silver jewellery. He learned to carve alongside his father Guujaaw, Bill Reid, and others. Tyler is 23 years old and is a member of the Skedans Raven clan. He has been working with other carvers since he was 16 and has assisted Jaalen on several other projects.

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Tyler (left ) and, Gwaai (middle) are assisting Jaalen (right) on the Legacy Pole


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