Important information about your visit to Haida Gwaii:

The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada and the Haida Nation, and we are very excited to start welcoming visitors back to Gwaii Haanas.

Please enjoy looking through some examples of our guided hikes, and some of the programs we offer in the Haida Heritage Centre and Haida Gwaii Museum at Ḵay Llnagaay. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us

Thank you, Haawa, 
Gwaii Haanas Interpretive Team.

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

Beach walk

A group tour on the beach

Explore along the seashore and meet the strange and beautiful animals and seaweeds 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.

Did you know?

Haida name: K’iiwaay
Scientific name: Mercenaria
English name: Clams
Traditional use: Shells used to make tools and utensils, and the meat harvested, prepared, and eaten. 
Fact: The beach at the Haida Heritage Centre is actually a geoduck clam bed. These unique animals are the largest burrowing clams in the world, weighing an average of 1.5 pounds.  However, individuals weighing over 8 pounds and as much as 3 feet in length are not unheard of.

 

Haida name: Ḵ'uust'an
Scientific name: Metacarcinus magister
English name: Crab
Traditional use: Food
Fact: All crabs are crustaceans, which means they have an exoskeleton – which essentially means they have their skeleton on the outside. This protects them from predators by acting like a suit of armor.

 

Haida name: Naw
Scientific name: Enteroctopus dofleini
English name: Giant Pacific Octopus 
Traditional use: Harvested, prepared and eaten
Fact: Octopuses are ranked as the most intelligent invertebrates. They have the ability to solve simple puzzles, open childproof bottles, and use tools.


Spirit Lake hike

A group tour on Spirit lake trail

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 23. 
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.

Did you know?

Haida name: Sgan sgwan
Scientific name: Lysichiton americanus
English name: Skunk cabbage 
Traditional use: to preserve food – much like wax paper. 
Fact:  Skunk cabbage is found in wet areas, and along streams and in swamps. Although there are no skunks on Haida Gwaii, you may catch is skunky ‘whiff’ which can be attributed to the Skunk Cabbage flower.

 

Haida name: Ts’uu
Scientific name: Thuja plicata
English name: red cedar
Traditional use: Diapers, clothing, longhouses, monumental poles, dance regalia, etc. 
Fact:  Red cedar, often referred to as the Tree of Live, is used for a wide array of important items. From monumental poles, canoes, and cedar bark weaving, and much more. 

 

Haida name: S’awan
Scientific name: Rubus spectabilis
English name: Salmon berry
Traditional use: food, paint 
Fact: In addition to being an important food source, these berries would be crushed into a paste, and used to paint monumental poles. 

 

Gwaii Haanas Programs in the Haida Gwaii Museum

A group tour on the beach

To help visitors create a connection to Gwaii Haanas, we offer 30-minute interactive programs from the comfort of the Haida Heritage Centre and Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay.

Gwaii Haanas connections: Shows
Gwaii Haanas employee singing Haida
Cedar: Tree of life

From basic necessities to monumental masterpieces, discover the many ways cedar is essential to the Haida people and their innovative uses of it.

Where Land and Sea Meet: Stories from Between the Tides

Discover the dynamic and ever-changing intertidal worlds found along the shores of Haida Gwaii. Learn what is happening to ensure this sensitive area 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
classroom orientation

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

Meet some of the creatures that live along our shores and discover the fascinating 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

Take a closer look some of the seaweeds found along the shores of Haida Gwaii. Discover which ones are edible, which ones were traditionally used, and which ones can be pressed into beautiful artwork! Explore the texture, colour, and smells as you create your own pressed seaweed sample to take home.

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? Join us as we delve into the world or marine mammals.

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 / Private

Interested in bringing your family, school group, or tour group to discover more about Gwaii Haanas? We offer a variety of fun and engaging educational programs, from orientations to rainforest and seashore explorations. Inquire about a program tailored to meet your needs, contact us for more information.