Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is a chain of islands off the west coast of British Columbia, northwest of Vancouver Island. Within the archipelago of the national park, Gwaii Haanas protects a range of historical monuments, archaeological sites and indigenous heritage.
The islands are best visited by boat, sailing through the spectacular scenery and exploring the shoreline and vast primary rainforests. The National Park not only protects a large number of marine species, but also a strong First Nations history, and is widely known as the ‘Canadian Galapagos’. The islands are one of the most inaccessible regions. Bald eagles circle the skies while bears roam the rivers looking for salmon. The surrounding ocean is filled with breaching whales, sea lions and dolphin.
Home of the Haida First Nations, the Haida Gwaii islands are known for their culture and the mystical atmosphere. Huge cedar trees tower over ancient totem poles and fallen longhouses are lost amongst the coastal temperate rainforest. Named as one of National Geographic’s must-see places in the world, the archipelago represents some of the earliest evidence of human habitation in Canada, dating back some 14,000 years.