Haida Gwa;, British Columbia
An archipelago o; British Columbia’s western coast, Haida Gwaii
has all the makings of a surrealist paradise. In Gwaii Haanas
National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area
Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, ancient carved totems and multi-tiered longhouses from the Haida people sit against a temperate
rainforest of cedar and Sitka spruce trees. A hike through mossy
forest ;oors will take travelers to secluded inlets and rugged coastlines, where verdant trees cling to jagged rock outcroppings and
intertidal pools beckon with vibrant creatures.
For active travelers, Alanah Mounti;eld of Go Haida Gwaii, the
destination marketing organization for the islands, recommends
hiking to the top of Sleeping Beauty Mountain. ;e steep alpine
climb rewards trekkers with views of Skidegate inlet, Hecate Strait,
the islands’ mountain ranges and the Canadian mainland.
Mounti;eld also suggests visiting Naikoon Provincial Park on
the northeastern tip of Haida Gwaii.
“It’s a very memorable and low-cost activity,” she said. “Visitors
only need to rent a car and they can be surrounded by nature and
Companies such as Haida Style and Maple Leaf Adventures
run tours in the archipelago that expose clients to the rich
landscapes; history and culture of the Haida people; and diverse
wildlife, including black bears, many species of birds, dolphins,
porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions and gray, humpback, orca
and minke whales. www.gohaidagwaii.ca, www.haidastyle.com,
o; the coast.
Don’t miss the spectacular
variety of landscapes
in Haida Gwaii.