Listen to stories and songs about the Haida’s deep connection to the land and the sea and how these connections continue to thrive in Gwaii Haanas today.

Explore along the seashore and meet the strange and beautiful animals and seaweeds that live in the world between the tides.

Hike the Spirit Lake Trail to discover how the Haida use the forest in a sustainable and respectful way.

Discover why cedar is considered to be the tree of life and essential to life on Haida Gwaii.

Gwaii Haanas guided walks (approximately 90 minutes, dogs not permitted)

Beach walk

Haida Gwaii’s huge tides provide great opportunities for beach exploration and allow a glimpse into another world. As the tide falls, join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter and meet some of the strange and beautiful animals that live in the world between the tides.

Location: Beach in front of the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate.
Scheduled: May-September on each low-tide cycle. See the 2019 beach walk schedule.
Duration: 1.5 hours. 
Activity Level: Moderate, walking distance is 1 km on moist, packed mud. 
Group Size: Maximum 25 participants. 
Special Notes: Rubber boots or other water-proof footwear highly recommended. No boots? A limited number are available for loan on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Note - Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Look for posters at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre for programming updates and the most up-to-date schedule.

2019 Beach walk schedule
Date Time
Tuesday, June 4 9:00am
Wednesday, June 5 9:30am
Thursday, June 6 10:30am
Friday, June 7 11:15am
Tuesday, June 18 9:00am
Wednesday, July 3 9:00am
Thursday, July 4 9:30am
Friday, July 5 10:30am
Saturday, July 6 11:00 am
Thursday, August 1 9:00am
Friday, August 2 9:00 am
Saturday, August 3 10:00am

Spirit Lake hike

Come and explore the sights, sounds and smells of a temperate rainforest with a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter. Discover how the Haida harvested plants and trees to obtain chewing gum, sun block, baby diapers and so much more!

Location: Spirit Lake trailhead across the highway from the George Brown Recreation Centre in Skidegate.
Scheduled: Tuesdays at 10 am and Fridays at 1:30 pm from June 18 through August 30. 
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours.
Activity Level: Moderate, with two steep sections, easy pace with many stops along the way - 4.3 km loop.
Group Size: Maximum 25 participants.
Special Note: Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.

Note - Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Look for posters at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre for programming updates and the most up-to-date schedule.

Gwaii Haanas connections 

During June, July and August we offer 30-minute interactive programs at the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay, in Skidegate.

All programs are fun, free and family friendly!

Gwaii Haanas connections: Shows
Cedar: Tree of life

From basic necessities to monumental masterpieces, discover the many ways cedar has been generous and essential to the Haida past and present.

Where Land and Sea Meet: Stories from Between the Tides

Learn about the dynamic and ever-changing intertidal world and the amazing marine life found along the shores of Haida Gwaii. Learn what Gwaii Haanas is doing to help ensure this sensitive landscape remains healthy and productive.

Gwaii Haanas: Land, Sea, People

Join Gwaii Haanas interpreters as they explain the Haida’s deep connection to both the land and the sea and how these connections continue to thrive in Gwaii Haanas today.

Our Food: Traditional Harvesting

Learn about some of the culturally important foods that have been harvested on Haida Gwaii for centuries. Seasonal food samples available! 

 


Gwaii Haanas connections: Activity stations

Fun, hands-on activities for everyone - young and old! Offered at the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay, in Skidegate during June, July and August.

See the Sea

If you have explored rocky shores you are likely familiar with barnacles – those hard, white, volcano-shaped shells that cover rocks and scrape knees and hands. But have you ever seen the tiny creature that lives inside?

Join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter as we take a closer look at some of the tiny creatures that live along our shores and the microscopic world of plankton and zooplankton. Learn about marine protected areas, what Gwaii Haanas is doing and what you can do to help.

A Garden of Seaweed

Join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter for a closer look some of the different seaweeds that decorate the shorelines of Haida Gwaii. Discover which ones are edible, which ones were traditionally used by the Haida, and which ones can be pressed into beautiful artwork! Explore the texture, colour, smells, and taste of seaweed!

A Whale of a Tale

Have you ever wondered how can humpback whales eat if they don’t have teeth? Why some killer whales hunt silently while other are vocal? How to tell the difference between a seal and a sea lion? We’ll do our best to answer all your marine mammal questions! Just come and ask. 

Cedar; Weaving Together Together Past and Present

Cedar bark weaving techniques have been passed down from generation to generation and continues to play an important role in Haida culture.  Join us for a weaving experience and bring home a memento of your time with us.

Educational / Tour groups

We offer a variety of fun and engaging educational programs for your school, club or tour group. From general Gwaii Haanas orientations to rainforest and seashore explorations, inquire about a program tailored to meet your needs. Contact us at gwaii.haanas@pc.gc.ca / 1-877-559-8818 for information.