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Government of Canada and Haida Nation Achieve Seabird Habitat Restoration Success

Ancient Murrelet chick Ancient Murrelet chick
© Parks Canada

Arichika Island, a once highly productive seabird colony and important cultural resource, which was devastated for years by introduced invasive rats, has been declared rat-free.

The ecosystem is recovering thanks to a restoration project implemented by the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada in collaboration with international partners experienced in island restoration and invasive species removals.

Invasive species are the number one threat to ecological and cultural heritage in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site.

According to traditional knowledge, the Ancient Murrelet (SGin Xaana or night bird in the Haida language) was once abundant on Arichika Island and was an important seasonal food source for the Haida.

"The protection of species at risk is a high priority for Parks Canada. Through initiatives like this, Parks Canada is achieving real conservation results in support of the National Conservation Plan. The rat free status of Arichika Island is a good example of concerted actions undertaken in a cooperative manner by the Haida Nation, the Government of Canada and partners."

Ernie Gladstone, Superintendent, Gwaii Haanas Field Unit.

SGin Xaana Sdiihltl’lxa: Night Birds Returning

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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.

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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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