Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Gwaii Haanas
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
The latest information you need to know about your visit to Gwaii Haanas
Gwaii Haanas will remain closed to visitors for the remainder of 2020. The Haida Gwaii Watchmen will protect these places and safeguard the cultural features and infrastructure of the sites.
At this time, we are not accepting any reservations for 2021, however if you are considering visiting Gwaii Haanas in 2021 as an independent traveller, please contact us for trip planning advice and info. Over the next few months, Gwaii Haanas cooperative management partners – Parks Canada, the Council of the Haida Nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada – will continue to work with tourism partners and local communities to plan for what the 2021 season could look like. While we are not taking reservations at this time, we do encourage you to reach out for more information. Please feel free to contact us for information or to ask questions or keep up to date with our visitor news on Facebook.
The health and safety of the Haida Gwaii Watchmen, our visitors, and Gwaii Haanas employees are of the utmost importance to the Canada/Haida Nation Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board (AMB).
The AMB continues to follow the advice of public health experts and take steps to support the Government of Canada and Council of the Haida Nation’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to everyone in Haida Gwaii.
The AMB made the decision to close Gwaii Haanas for the remainder of 2020 with yahguudang respect for the direction from the Haida Nation and local authorities.
Haida traditional use of the area may continue, however Haida citizens are encouraged to consult the Council of the Haida Nation state of emergency measures before travelling to Gwaii Haanas.
Haida Gwaii Watchmen cabins are supported by Parks Canada for the exclusive use of the Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program (HGWP). These facilities are closed and locked from mid-September to mid-May each year. Accessing these cabins without the authorization and guidance of the HGWP could result in damage to the off-grid systems in the cabins and is considered trespassing. Please respect the HGWP direction and refrain from entering any of the Watchmen cabins.
While Parks Canada will maintain response capabilities for emergencies within Gwaii Haanas, response times could take longer due to our reduced capacity. By respecting the closure you are helping to reduce strain on rescue services and the emergency management system.
During the closures, key team members will be working remotely to ensure critical operations continue. If you need to reach Gwaii Haanas please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks Canada is working with local health authories and partners to keep our community informed and safe.
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