Hlk'yah GawGa (Windy Bay)
Legacy Pole at Hlk'yah GawGa (Windy Bay) © Parks Canada / Stacey Brown
Hlk’yah GawGa was an important site during Haida protests against logging on Lyell Island. During 1985, the Haida took a stand on the logging road at Sedgwick Bay. Their protest ultimately led to the protection of the area and the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. In addition to the cabin at Sedgwick Bay, a longhouse called “Looking Around and Blinking House” was built at Windy Bay to house people during the logging blockade.
It was also once the site of a major village and later of a summer fishing village called Hlk'yah Llnagaay (Peregrine Falcon Town).
A trail at Hlk’yah GawGa runs along Windy Bay Creek and winds through old-growth western hemlock, red cedar and Sitka spruce. This is the last intact watershed on Lyell Island. Watchmen will, if requested, accompany visitors to the giant Sitka spruce, estimated to be between 800 and 900 years old, and past several culturally modified trees.
Giant Sitka Spruce © Parks Canada / Neil Osborne