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Interpretive Programs

Listen to stories and songs about the Haida's deep connection to the land and the sea and how these connections continue to thrive in Gwaii Haanas today.

Explore the seashore and meet the strange and beautiful animals and seaweeds that live in the world between the tides.

Hike the Spirit Lake Trail to discover how the Haida harvested plants and trees to obtain chewing gum, sun block, baby diapers and more.

Discover the many ways, from basic necessities to monumental masterpieces, that cedar has been generous and essential to the Haida, past and present.

Gwaii Haanas guided walks

Approximately 90 minutes, dogs not permitted.

Shoreline Exploration

A Parks Canada interpreter helps a group of visitors explore the shoreline between the tides
Join a Gwaii Haanas interpreter and meet some of the strange and beautiful animals that live in the world between the tides
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Haida Gwaii’s huge tides provide great opportunities for beach exploration and allow a glimpse into another world. As the tide falls, join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter and meet some of the strange and beautiful animals that live in the world between the tides.

Schedule: Offered May to August on each low-tide cycle. See the 2016 Shoreline Exploration schedule.

Meet on the beach in front of the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate. Rubber boots or other water-proof footwear highly recommended. A limited number of rubbers boots are available for loan on a first-come first-serve basis.

Note: Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Look for posters at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre for programming updates and the most up-to-date schedule.

Spirit Lake Trail

A Parks Canada interpreter leads a group on a guided walk through a temperate rainforest
Come and explore the sights, sounds and smells of a temperate rainforest with a Gwaii Haanas interpreter
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Come and explore the sights, sounds and smells of a temperate rainforest with a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter. Discover how the Haida harvested plants and trees to obtain chewing gum, sun block, baby diapers and so much more! Some sections of the trail are steep, but we go at a comfortable pace with many stops along the way.

Schedule: Between June 15 and August 30, the Spirit Lake Hike is offered Tuesdays at 10 am and Fridays at 1:30 pm. Meet at the Spirit Lake Trailhead across the highway from the George Brown Recreation Centre in Skidegate. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.

Note: Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Look for posters at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre for programming updates and the most up-to-date schedule.

Gwaii Haanas stories

A Parks Canada interpreter shows visitors examples of how cedar is used by the Haida
Discover the many ways cedar has been generous and essential to the Haida past and present
© Parks Canada

During June, July and August we offer 20-minute interactive programs in the Gwaii Haanas Classroom at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate.

All programs are fun, free and family friendly! Look for our weekly schedule posted at the Haida Heritage Centre and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre.

Gwaii Haanas activity stations

A group of children enjoy a hand-on class room activity
Fun, hands-on activities for everyone
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Fun, hands-on activities for everyone – young and old! Offered at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate during June, July and August. Look for our weekly schedule posted at the Haida Heritage Centre and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre.

For more information about our interpretation programs call 250-559-6317 or email gwaii.haanas@pc.gc.ca.