Haida Cultural Sites

SGang Gwaay (Anthony Island)

 
SGang Gwaay Llnagaay © Parks Canada / J. Brown

SGang Gwaay (Anthony Island) is located in the exposed southwest corner of Gwaii Haanas. The Haida name means Wailing Island, based on a sound created at certain tides when air is pushed through a hole in a rock on the island. This sound is thought to resemble the keening of a woman. SGang Gwaay consists of a larger island and 27 small islets.

The village, SGang Gwaay Llnagaay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in a sheltered bay on the east side of the island. Visitors can explore upright and fallen poles, house pits, and standing posts and beams of longhouses.

Respect the site

The Haida consider this place more than a village site, since the remains of so many ancestors and their spirits reside there. The Haida population was decimated by epidemics in the 19th century. Stay on the paths and as you walk around the site remember you are walking among these spirits.

Access

Boats and kayaks are not permitted in the bay in front of the village. This preserves the experience for visitors who are already in the village site. Refer to the map for access and trail information and check in with the Watchmen at the cabin before proceeding to the site.