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Media Permits 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, journalists, videographers, filmmakers and other media to Gwaii Haanas. Fees do not apply for most media permits but if you need exclusive use of a site or portion of a site, please see our Film Crew Permit information.* At the discretion of the media permitting coordinator, media may be required to provide proof of their assignment with a verifiable media outlet. With no verifiable assignment, media will be required to pay visitor fees (see www.pc.gc.ca/gwaiihaanas for details).

Services offered at no charge to photographers and journalists include:

  • A media kit with Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii facts and Trip Planner
  • Location consultation
  • Assistance with contacting Gwaii Haanas staff for interviews
  • Liaison with the Haida Gwaii Watchmen program
  • Fact checking


AMB Requirements for Media Permit

All journalists, videographers, filmmakers, photographers and photojournalists must:

  • Apply for a permit in advance of their visit.
  • Attend a visitor orientation delivered by Gwaii Haanas staff (unless dealing with breaking news).
  • Comply with the same requirements as visitors (see www.pc.gc.ca/gwaiihaanas for details). 
  • Film or production companies with staff or who are travelling as a group must carry and provide proof of $2 million in general liability insurance. Please ask for a film crew permit application.

Permit Process

We accept applications year-round. Please contact Gwaii Haanas early in your planning process.

Contact: Media Permitting Coordinator: 
    Reception: 250-559-8818 
    Email: gwaii.haanas@pc.gc.ca 
    Fax: 250-559-8366 
    Street: 60 Second Beach Road, Skidegate 
    Mail: 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. For useful trip planning information, including a list of licensed operators, visit www.pc.gc.ca/gwaiihaanas

*Film makers, videographers and staged photo shoots which require exclusive use of a site or area in Gwaii Haanas require an Exclusive Use Permit, with fees rated according to a schedule. Please contact the Permitting Coordinator for more information.

Download the  Media Permit Application Form (132 kb)


Film Crews in Gwaii Haanas: What You Need to Know

Printable Version (PDF, 135 kb)

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 recognizes that most film and television coverage of Gwaii Haanas is beneficial to public awareness of the area and welcomes the 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 trip planner 
  • Location consultation 
  • Assistance with contacting Gwaii Haanas staff 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 the Media Permitting Coordinator well ahead of the proposed filming dates and for more details about these services.

AMB Permit Requirements

All applications 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 media permit.

If you require exclusive use of any location in Gwaii Haanas, your application will be subject to location fees. If your production requires AMB review, an application fee will be applied. Fees vary with crew size and length of visit, and may be discounted according to factors, such as how closely the content of the film reflects Gwaii Haanas priority messages.

Conditions of all permits apply to location research as well as filming, so applications must be approved prior to scouting.


Additional requirements:

  • 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 are most likely to use a tour operator licensed by Parks Canada for travel in Gwaii Haanas. In some circumstances, crews may be able to travel independently, or with Gwaii Haanas, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, or Council of the Haida Nation staff.
  • A media crew leader must have a copy of the signed permit available for inspection by Gwaii Haanas staff or Haida Gwaii Watchmen at all times. 
  • All crew members travelling to Gwaii Haanas must attend a visitor orientation delivered by Gwaii Haanas staff. 
  • If you require exclusive use, filming is permitted for a maximum of half a day (six hours) at each Haida Gwaii Watchmen village 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: Media Permitting officer
Gwaii Haanas reception: 250-559-8818
email: gwaii.haanas@pc.gc.ca
fax: 250-559-8366
mail: PO Box 37, Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0

Step 2:
Complete the Gwaii Haanas Media Permit Application form.

Step 3:
Return the completed form, with an application fee (if applicable, 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:
Gwaii Haanas staff will review the application and submit to the Field Unit Superintendent for further review or approval. Notification of location fees, if applicable, will be provided following approval. The AMB may negotiate additional terms.

Step 5:
A signed film permit will be provided. The senior production representative must sign the permit and keep it available for inspection by Gwaii Haanas staff or Haida Gwaii Watchmen at all times.

Step 6:
Location fee payment must be received before filming activities can start.

Step 7:
All crew members must attend a one-hour orientation in Skidegate, 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 Fees

Application and Location Fees
Location fees are charged for requests that require exclusive use at all locations within Gwaii Haanas—including K’uuna (Skedans) and T’aanuu. The location fee is applied to each production day, and will not be pro-rated.

The application fee is non-refundable and will be charged if the permit requires AMB review and approval.

 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 that might be incurred.

Download the Film Permit Application Form (135 kb)