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Film and Photography Guidelines




Filming in Gwaii Haanas: What You Need to Know

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site is cooperatively managed by the Archipelago Management Board (AMB), which is made up of equal representation from the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation. The AMB operates by consensus and makes all decisions regarding planning, management and operations of Gwaii Haanas, including the awarding of film permits. The AMB recognizes that most film and television coverage of Gwaii Haanas is beneficial to public awareness of the area, and welcomes the vast majority of applicants. However, the potential for environmental and cultural impacts from filming is carefully considered.

Gwaii Haanas Media Program

Our media-permitting program offers the following services:

  • A media kit with Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii facts and story ideas, and trip planner;
  • Location consultation;
  • Assistance with contacting experts for interviews;
  • Liaison with the Haida Gwaii Watchmen program;
  • Fact checking;
  • On site staff for location advice, interviews, and helping to ensure permit compliance.

If you are considering filming in Gwaii Haanas, please contact our office well ahead of the proposed filming dates and for more details about these services.

Note: News crews reporting on current events in Gwaii Haanas do not require permits.

AMB Permit Requirements

Each application to film in Gwaii Haanas is reviewed by the AMB. The application must contain sufficient detail to give an accurate picture of your planned locations, filming activities, crew size and equipment. All types of film, television and video production, as well as staged
photography shoots require a filming permit. Fees vary with crew size and length of visit, and are discounted according to factors such as how closely the content of the film reflects Gwaii Haanas priority messages. Conditions of the permit apply to location research as well as filming, so applications must be approved prior to scouting.

  • Film companies must provide proof of insurance coverage (minimum $2,000,000 general liability insurance naming Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada as represented by Parks Canada Agency as an additional insured) to be carried for the duration of the production in Gwaii Haanas.

  • Crews must use a guide operator licensed by Parks Canada for travel into Gwaii Haanas.

  • A crew leader must have a copy of the permit available for inspection by Gwaii Haanas staff or Watchmen at all times. All crew members travelling to Gwaii Haanas must attend a visitor orientation given by Gwaii Haanas staff;

  • Filming is permitted for a maximum of half a day (six hours) at each Watchmen site;

  • A maximum of 12 people are allowed on shore at a time at any location within Gwaii Haanas. This applies to film crews as well as visitors, and the total includes any guide(s).

  • Film crews must comply with the same requirements as all other visitors to Gwaii Haanas.

  • Film crews may have to comply with other requirements as determined by the AMB on a case-by-case basis.

The Permit Process

Step 1:

Contact the Gwaii Haanas media permitting coordinator, at:

Reception: 250-559-8818
Fax: 250-559-8366 
Email 
Box 37, Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0

Step 2:

Complete the Gwaii Haanas Film Permit Application form.

Step 3:

Return the completed form, with the application fee (see below) and proof of insurance, to the Media Permitting Coordinator. Fees are payable by Visa, MasterCard, cheque (made out to the Receiver General of Canada) or money order.

Step 4:

The Archipelago Management Board (AMB) will review the application. They will determine location fees and may negotiate additional terms with the film company.

Step 5:

The film permit will be created and signed by the AMB and the senior production representative.

Step 6:

Payment must be received before scouting or filming activities can start.

Step 7:

All crew members must attend a one hour orientation in Skidegate or Sandspit, delivered by Gwaii Haanas staff, before entering Gwaii Haanas. This will be arranged by the Media Permitting Coordinator.

Step 8:

A Parks Canada representative may accompany the crew into Gwaii Haanas if required by the AMB or requested by the film company.

Note: Begin the application process as early as possible. Gwaii Haanas accepts applications year round, but last-minute applications may be turned down.

Parks Canada Filming Fees

Application and Location Fees

Fees are charged for filming at all locations within Gwaii Haanas - including K’uuna (Skedans) and T’aanuu, as requested by the Skidegate Band Council. The location fee is applied to each production day, and will not be pro-rated. The application fee is non-refundable.

Production Crew Size Application Fee
(per project)
Location Fee
(per day)
1 – 6 $147.20 $490.60
7 – 12 $368.00 $981.30

Note: maximum group size in Gwaii Haanas is 12 including your guide(s).

Gwaii Haanas Staff Media Guide

Fees for a Parks Canada staff person accompanying the production crew into the field are: $49.50 per hour. These rates are set by Parliament. They are designed to cover the full range of staff salaries and to compensate for any overtime.

Download the Film Permit Application form  (PDF, 130 Kb)


Photography In Gwaii Haanas: What You Need to Know

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site is cooperatively managed by the Archipelago Management Board (AMB), which is made up of equal representation from the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation. The AMB operates by consensus and makes all decisions regarding planning, management and operations of Gwaii Haanas.

Gwaii Haanas’ Media Services

The AMB welcomes professional photographers and other media to Gwaii Haanas. Fees and permits do not apply for most still photography*.
Services offered at no charge to photographers and journalists include:

  • A media kit with Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii facts and story ideas, and trip planner;
  • Location consultation;
  • Assistance with contacting experts for interviews;
  • Liaison with the Haida Gwaii Watchmen program;
  • Fact checking.

AMB Requirements for Photography

  • Still photographers and photojournalists:
  • Are requested to apply for a free permit with Gwaii Haanas’ Media Permitting Coordinator well ahead of their proposed visit.
  • Must attend a visitor orientation given by Gwaii Haanas staff.
  • Must comply with the same requirements as visitors.

Permit Process

We accept applications year round. As early as possible after the decision to photograph Gwaii Haanas, contact the media permitting coordinator. 

Reception: 250-559-8818
Fax: 250-559-8366 
Email 
Box 37, Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0.

It is recommended that you plan your trip to Gwaii Haanas by booking with a licensed operator well in advance. If travelling independently, contact the Gwaii Haanas office to make a reservation.

Download the  Photo Permit Application Form (PDF, 200 Kb)


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