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Trip to Gwaii Haanas
Gwaii Haanas is a wilderness of 1,884 islands and islets, extending about 90 km from north to south. The San Christoval Range forms its backbone, with peaks of up to 1,200 m in height. Gwaii Haanas is surrounded by over 1,700 km of shoreline. On the western shore, surf batters against mountains that plunge steeply into the ocean. The eastern shore is gentler, with relatively protected waters. Still, storms can bring winds of more than 100 km an hour (60 miles an hour) to the east coast. The west coast bears the brunt of Pacific storms, where winds have been recorded at speeds of nearly 200km and hour (120 miles an hour). Anciet cedars, hemlocks and Sitka spruce tower over an undergrowth of salal, shrubs, fern and moss, patterning the forest with many shades of green.
Discover Haida traditions wile visiting the 5 Haida Gwaii Watchmen village sites:
K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans)
T'aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu)
Hlk'yah GaawGa (Windy Bay)
Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island)
SGang Gwaay (Ninstints, Anthony Island)
Before visiting Gwaii Haanas, independent travellers without a tour guide licensed by Gwaii Haanas, must make a reservation and pay an all inclusive entry fee. The daily fees for 2011 are under $20 for adults. All visitors are required to attend an orientation at least once every 3 years. Visitor trip permits are issued at the orientations. Make your reservation by calling the Gwaii Haanas Administration Office at 1-877-559-8818.