Haida Heritage Centre
K'ay Llnagaay Haida Heritage Centre Mission Statement:
"Through the K'ay Llnagaay Haida Heritage Centre we celebrate the living culture of the Haida. Through language, art and stories we share our relationship with the land and sea-that which shapes, nourishes and sustains us. K'ay Llnagaay protects and fosters Haida culture by reaffirming artistic expression, and serving as a keeper of all that we are. K'ay Llnagaay is a place for the Haida voice to be heard. This is our gift to the world."
The Haida Heritage Centre at K'ay Llnagaay (Sea Lion Town) in Skidegate, is an award winning cultural heritage centre in a 53,000 square foot cedar multi-complex consisting of six contemporary monumental timber longhouses. It was officially opened to the public in August 2008.
The Haida Heritage Centre houses the expanded Haida Gwaii Museum, meeting rooms/classrooms, the Performing House, Canoe House, Bill Reid Teaching Centre, the Carving Shed and a gift shop. The centre is comprised of six connecting traditional Haida longhouses each fronted by a traditional totem pole.
Popular tours at the Haida Heritage Centre include the thirteen totem poles, the carving and canoe shed, traditional Haida weaving demonstrations and traditional Haida canoe tours of the inlet.
Hours of operation:
- Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Summer (July to August)
- Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm
- Thursdays 10-8
- Friday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Winter (September to May)
- Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm