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Boating All Gwaii Haanas visitors must attend an orientation session
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Free Orientation!

You are invited to attend a free orientation to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, which is located on the archipelago of Haida Gwaii.

This orientation is required before you can visit Gwaii Haanas.

Normally presented in Skidegate on central Haida Gwaii, this opportunity will allow you to enter the area by boat directly from the mainland coast after you have made your reservations, thereby making passage to the area far more convenient.

Even if you are just thinking about going to Gwaii Haanas, this orientation will be a great way to learn more about this incredible place.

The orientations will be held as follows: 

  • Vancouver - at the West Vancouver Memorial Library on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 pm in Welsh Hall. There is parking available and the libary is easily accessible by transit.
  • Sidney - in the main gallery of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre at 9811 Seaport Place on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 pm.
  • Port Townsend, Washington - in the Maritime Meeting Room, East of the Northwest Maritime Centre, 431 Water Street on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 pm.

If you would like more information about the orientations, please contact Anna Maria Husband at 250-559-6322 or

Kii.ngaay - A Year in Review

Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board Archipelago Management Board members © Parks Canada / C. Johnson

On behalf of the Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board, we are pleased to present these stories from Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site.

From new investments in the heritage site of SGang Gwaay, to working with youth at Swan Bay to searching for underwater cultural artefacts, the Gwaii Haanas team had another memorable year.

Read about our adventures in this year’s Kii.ngaay - A Year in Review 2014 (PDF, 1.0 MB).

Please don’t hesitate to share this annual review with others in your home or organization and let us know what you think by phone (1-877-559-8818) or by email.

We hope you’ve "liked" our Facebook Page as that will help you keep up-to-date on all things Gwaii Haanas!

We look forward to another amazing year in the "islands of beauty" - Gwaii Haanas.

Gwaii Haanas 2015 Trip Planner

 2015 Trip Planner PDF 6.3 mb © Parks Canada

Start planning a trip to Gwaii Haanas this year!

The 2015 Gwaii Haanas Trip planner (PDF, 6.24 MB) is now available for download.

Top 20 Trips 2015

Gwaii Haanas © Parks Canada / N. Alexander

Haida Gwaii, (including Gwaii Haanas) has been named one of the world’s top 20 trips for 2015. The quiet, the Haida Gwaii Watchmen, the dense forests with towering cedars, the beaches with squirting clams, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at SGang Gwaay, the ravens, the eagles and the songbirds were all noted in this December 2014 National Geographic Traveller piece

Gwaii Haanas is also a finalist in the National Geographic World Legacy Awards in the Sense of Place Category. The awards will be given out at the world’s largest travel trade show, ITB Berlin, in March 2015. Our fingers are crossed.

Thank you National Geographic!

Minister Aglukkaq Announces Search for Archaeological Sites and Shipwrecks at Gwaii Haanas

The Lady Washington is pictured at SGang Gwaay while trading with the Haida for sea otter pelts in 1791
The Lady Washington is pictured at SGang Gwaay while trading with the Haida for sea otter pelts in 1791. The Ino would have been the same rig and tonnage as this vessel and carried a crew of around 22 Image courtesy of Gordon Miller

The Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada and Kil tlaats’gaa, Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation, today announced an exciting new Parks Canada led underwater archaeology project that will search for various underwater archaeological sites and, for the first time, the remains of historic shipwrecks in the Gwaii Haanas region.

This work is a continuation of years of work by Parks Canada and various partners to explore, study, protect and share with the public the rich archaeological heritage of the area.


Thermal Activity On the Rise at Hotspring Island

Thermal activity is on the rise at Hotspring Island
Thermal activity is on the rise © Parks Canada

In May 2014, Gwaii Haanas staff checked in at Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island) and found increased water flow, higher temperatures and thermal activity at higher elevations than recorded since the 2012 earthquake.


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