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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


Dover Trail





The "Dover Trail", named after a Sandspit lady of Haida ancestry, aka the "Louise Dover Memorial Trail", aka the "Haans loop", is located just out of the community of Sandspit, close to the marina. The trail goes through the Damaxyaa Heritage Site and Conservancy area and is maintained on a regular basis, mainly by locals. Please note that because it is user maintained, the path can sometimes be hard to follow, have some trees across the main trail, and be muddy and slippery. 

This hike is also listed on the Guide to Recreation sites and trails of Haida Gwaii

As you are heading to the ferry, the trailhead is located immediately after the Haans creek bridge, on your left. The Sandspit Community Map will show you where the trailhead is located. 

This trail can be wet, muddy and slippery at all times of year. Appropriate hiking shoes are mandatory. It is a good idea to wear proper hiking clothes as well, and carry some water with you. This trail, though only about 5 kms long, usually takes about 2 hours to complete, going at a moderate pace.

The trail first follows the right bank of Haans Creek before crossing the stream, and making a loop through more hilly terrain.

This is one of the few trails on islands that will take you into an old-growth forest: a forest that has not been extensively logged. The trail will first lead you through a typical river habitat, where tall Alder trees grow. If you decide to do the loop clockwise, the path then goes through a stand of giant Spruce, before going through a part of the forest with a predominance of Red Cedar and will finish by passing through a grove of Hemlock.

There is a chance that you may come across some wildlife while hiking this trail – there is always the possibility of coming across a bear or deer. The endemic species of black bears of Haida Gwaii (Ursus Americanus Carlottae) are not known for being aggressive and tend to steer clear of any interaction with people. Salmon season, from late August on, increases the chances of sighting bears. They are wild animals and you should not attempt to get close to them.

There are many different types of birds that you may come across, as well. Among the many birds that you may spot or hear, these would be the most common: warblers, woodpeckers, creepers, robins, thrushes and wrens. There are also, of course, ravens, crows and eagles.

Haans creek flows along the side of the path for a part of trail. There are young salmon growing in this creek, so it is important that the creek does not get disrupted in any way.

Approximately half way through the trail, a difficult, steep and slippery side trail, only about 400m one way, will take you to a very scenic waterfall. This waterfall is actually not part of Haans creek, but is a separate creek that flows nearby.

Though this trail is usually well marked, please remember that blowdown, floods etc. can change the trail's appearance.


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