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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


Climate & Weather

The climate of the Islands is strongly influenced by the maritime conditions of their location and the prevailing westerly winds.

Winters are mild and summers cool with little temperature variance between them.

August is the warmest month on the Islands, although May gets more hours of sunshine. January is the coolest month, but also provides excellent storm watching and surfing opportunities.

The Queen Charlotte Mountains shield Haida Gwaii's east coast from much of the precipitation and makes the east coast of the Islands considerably drier than the west coast. Annual precipitation of the Islands' east coast is ~52 inches compared with ~168 found along the west coast.

Haida Gwaii, along with coastal BC has a higher mean temperature in the winter months than any other part of Canada. Annual snowfall is less than 30 inches, although winter precipitation is heavy.

Summer to winter temperatures vary little and the temperatures along the coast rarely drops below freezing. Summer temperatures are considered “hot” in the mid-twenties and winter temperatures are considered “cold” at 5 degrees Celsius.

Visitors should be prepared for comfortable temperatures and some rain regardless of the time of year they visit. Precipitation is generally short lived, hence a frequent local comment,  "if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes"!


Contact Us

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Haida Gwaii Destination Marketing Organization
email: | telephone: 250-559-8050

Queen Charlotte Visitor Info Centre

open year round
email: | telephone: 250-559-8316

Masset Visitor Centre

open in the summers
email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

Port Clements Visitor Centre

open in the summers
email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Sandspit Visitor Information Centre

open in the summers
email: | telephone: 250-637-5362

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