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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

 

The Legend of Tow Hill

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

You might have heard of Tow Hill at North Beach – it is of course, a very popular attraction and the view from the top of the hill, is second to none.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Perhaps you have also heard that ‘Tow’ hasn’t always resided at North Beach. The Haida speak of a time when Tow lived beside his brother, Towustasin  in Juskatla (near Port Clements).

'Towustasin' in Juskatla Inlet- Photo: Alan Lore / Kayak Haida Gwaii

According to the legend, Tow and Towustasin  frequently argued as Tow felt that Towustasin unfairly received more fish than Tow. The legend tells of a feud that sent Tow stomping from Juskatla through Masset Inlet, casting off piles of rock and creating the Delkatla Slough with all his stomping.

Juskatla and Masset Inlets - Photo: Alan Lore / Kayak Haida Gwaii

Some of these enormous piles of rock can be seen at the Chown River area and Yakan Point at lower tides.

Tow's rock piles left near the Chown River area - Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Tow's rocks left at Yakan Point - Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Apparently, Tow liked the ample supply of fish at Yakan Point and chose to stay in the area, moving  beside the Hiellen River, where you will find him today.

His brother, Towustasin, continues to reside peacefully, in Juskatla.

Now, there is a bit more to this Haida legend. We are told that Towustasin sent a whale and a ‘large bird’ to attack Tow. This angered Tow, who turned the whale and the bird into a stone. This stone now sits in front of the Blow Hole.

When you visit Tow Hill, perhaps, he may look just a little different from the pictures that you have seen. That is to be expected, now that you know his story.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

 

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Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

website: www.queencharlottevisitorcentre.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

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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

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email: tourism@gohaidagwaii.ca

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