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Volunteering at the Edge of the World Music Festival

Two European women at the Edge Of The World Festival!

By Marina Cornil

You can’t spend time in Haida Gwaii and not go to the Edge Of The World Festival. Well, we had never heard about it before coming to Haida Gwaii but it was a really good idea to go there. A few weeks before the festival, Claire and I decided to ask about volunteering at the festival. It is a very beautiful experience and a good way to meet people!

Photo Credit: Marina Cornil

When you volunteer for ten hours of work, you are given free entrance for the Festival and a camping pass.

We arrived at the festival grounds on the 12th of August and our tasks were to collect garbage and to check wristbands at the entrance. I felt like Gandalf the grey in the Lord of the Rings : “You cannot pass!” Five hours each and our day was done.

Photo Credit: Marina Cornil

We spent the afternoon listening to music and dancing. We just enjoyed being there with so many people from everywhere in Canada. We heard traditional Haida songs and we could dance to it!

Photo Credit: Marina Cornil

Many tents were set up and we could buy local art and food.

Do you like the smell of a firewood? Perfect, there is a fire burning all the day long and night. You can sit around, talking to people and enjoying the music!

Photo Credit: Marina Cornil

At the end of the first day, on the way back to our campsite, we were told there was an after party on the beach. If you get the chance to go there, don’t think twice, just go. This is a must-do at the festival!

The second day of volunteering was like the first one, five hours each and it was done. Sunday was quiet and the music always good! In addition to this, there was a children's concert. It was a good day for families!

Photo Credit: Marina Cornil

Spending time at the festival was a part of my experience here in Haida Gwaii. There are so many things to do!

Next step : volunteering at the Sandspit Wild Harvest Festival!


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