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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 Totem to Totem Marathon - A Unique Ocean-Side Course

David Seymour is a marathon runner and trainer from Vancouver. He and fellow marathon runner, Vince Hemingson, were present at the Kay Llnagaay (Haida Heritage Centre) sod-turning ceremony in Skidegate (Haida Gwaii) in 2003.

Photo: Haida Heritage Centre

They began discussing Haida Gwaii’s unique cultural and pristine wilderness opportunities combined with its potential as a ‘Destination Marathon’ attracting international runners. Seymour, as he prefers to be addressed, and Vince met with the Skidegate Band Council and received support for the 'Totem to Totem Marathon' event and never looked back!

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

In 2006, five marathon runners travelled from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii for the inaugural run. Participation has increased significantly each year with 2013 having the highest participation rate yet.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Seymour’s vision of the event becoming a ‘Destination Marathon’ has been realized as well as the run becoming certified as a ‘Boston Qualifier’!

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Out of a possible 2,500 Canadian races, the Totem to Totem Marathon has been identified as one of 16 ‘Unique Races in Canada’ by iRun.ca. Haida Gwaii is on the marathon map!

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

The run is a spectacular ocean-side course from the Haida Heritage Centre (Skidegate) to St Mary’s Spring and back.  

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

The event also includes options for a half marathon and a 10 km run.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Runners have travelled to Haida Gwaii for the annual marathon from as far away as Australia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, California, New York State and across Canada.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

Seymour regrets that he has had to limit participation to 100 runners until he has worked out road safety issues for the participants.

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

He has begun to receive significant interest in the event, from the ultra-fast marathon runners in Kenya. Allowing for the elite runners in the future, will entail another set of logistics including additional precision timing equipment.

The Totem to Totem Marathon is held during Skidegate Days (3rd weekend in July). If you’re not a runner, consider the ‘Walk to Breakfast’ event from the Heritage Centre to the ‘small hall’ in Skidegate (free breakfast with a ticket from the marathon race organizers).

Photo: Haida Heritage Centre

Come on out and enjoy the weekend's activities!

Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos

 

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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