Pacific temperate rainforest sweeps from sea level up the slopes of the San Christoval Mountains that form the backbone of Gwaii Haanas. At lower elevations, rain and moderate temperatures help to nurture dense, mossy forests of immense western red cedar, western hemlock, and Sitka spruce trees.

The sea around Gwaii Haanas teems with life. These waters are home to salmon, herring, halibut, rockfish, crab, seastar, sea urchin, octopus, and numerous other species.

Environment

Gwaii Haanas covers approximately 1,500 km2 of land, including the southern end of Moresby Island and over 200 smaller islands and islets.

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About the environment
Animals

Many of the species in Gwaii Haanas and the Haida Gwaii archipelago are endemic (unique) and are found nowhere else in the world.

About animals
Plants

Pacific temperate rainforest sweeps from sea level up the slopes of the San Christoval Mountains, which form the backbone of Gwaii Haanas.

Conservation

Parks Canada is working to restore the ecological integrity of national parks and park reserves across Canada. While restoring degraded ecosystems, improving park management and engaging Canadians, these innovative projects often depend on partnerships in order to deliver tangible conservation outcomes and quality visitor experiences.

Conservation projects

About conservation and restoration