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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

 

Old Massett

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.

Information:

  • Population - 614
  • Elevation - Sea Level

Services:

  • Cultural Performances
  • Haida Canoe Tours
  • Taxi
  • Fishing Charters
  • Sightseeing Tours

Old Masset Photo Gallery

Our trip planning directory will help you decide where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Choose a category and browse through the services and recreational opportunities in this location.

What to Do

Bernard Kerrigan’s Haida Art

Specializing in gold, silver and argillite jewellery as well as three-dimensional sculptures, Bernard hand engraves or hand carves every single piece he creates.

Georgia Bennett, Haida Weaver

My name is Georgia Bennett, I was born in Masset, British Columbia. I am of Haida ancestry and I belong to the Yahgu'laanaas Raven Clan. I come from a long line of weavers and carvers, my great

Gin Kuyaas - Haida Art Studio & Gifts

Gin Kuyaas- Haida Art Studio & Gifts offers a diverse selection of authentic Haida artwork, clothing and gift items. Housed inside a newly-built traditional style longhouse, Gin Kuyaas –

Haida Gwaii Lodge

This property is managed and owned By April White, who also runs the Eagles Feast Guest House, in Masset.  Located in the heart of Haida culture in the Old Massett Reserve overlooking Massett

Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

The Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital is an eight bed facility (four acute and four long-term care) with a busy Emergency. Services provided are general medicine and surgery, community health, public

Sarah’s Haida Arts

Let us show you the spirit of Haida Gwaii as you browse through our great selection of Haida art! Hours: 11-5 Monday to Saturday / 12-5 Sunday in summer or by appointment

Tow Hill Hike

Tow Hill is a fascinating landmark of Haida Gwaii. It is a basalt outcrop that seems to rise out of the sands of North Beach.  This scenic "Hill" has a trail that leads to its top. It is not a

Where to Eat

Where to Stay

Haida Gwaii Lodge

This property is managed and owned By April White, who also runs the Eagles Feast Guest House, in Masset.  Located in the heart of Haida culture in the Old Massett Reserve overlooking Massett
 

Contact Us

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Haida Gwaii Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@mieds.ca | telephone: 250-559-8050

Queen Charlotte Visitor Info Centre

open year round
website: www.queencharlottevisitorcentre.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Masset Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Port Clements Visitor Centre

open in the summers
website: www.portclements.ca
email: pcmuseum@qcislands.ca | telephone: 250-557-4576

Sandspit Visitor Information Centre

open in the summers
website: www.sandspitinn.com/sandspit-community
email: sandspit_vic@hotmail.com | telephone: 250-637-5362

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