Photo: Guy Kimola / Haida Gwaii Photos
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Old Massett is one of the Islands' two Haida communities and is located 3km north of Masset at the entrance to Dixon Entrance on Masset Sound.
Masset and Old Massett are closely linked and the combined area is commonly referred to as Greater Massett. These two communities could be Canada’s most closely linked First Nations – non-First Nations communities sharing amenities such as the hospital and water and sewage treatment systems.
Primarily Old Massett’s residents utilize business services in Masset for their daily needs but a recent entrepreneurial spirit has seen the development in the village of several artists' galleries and studios, eco-tourism ventures, a café with internet access for visitors and several accommodations.
Attractions in Old Massett include the Islands' largest collection of contemporary totem poles (17) located throughout the village including the first pole to be raised on Haida Gwaii since 1871.
Old Massett is home to a number of talented Haida artists with carving sheds, home-based studios or additions to their homes where they work and sell their art. Most of these places of business are well signed and artists are welcoming when visitors stop by. Often the hours of operation fluctuate and it is best to try to call for an appointment. Check our Artists and Galleries directory for details and contact information. The very popular Sarah's Haida Arts and Jewellery giftshop is located at the far end of Eagle Avenue and offers set hours of operation.
- Population - 614
- Elevation - Sea Level
- Cultural Performances
- Haida Canoe Tours
- Fishing Charters
- Sightseeing Tours
Old Masset Photo Gallery
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