Gwaii, once known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago of
more than 150 islands located off the coast of Northern British Columbia,
Canada. The islands have gained a reputation for breathtaking natural
beauty and a remarkable First Nations culture.
For thousands of years, the islands of Haida Gwaii been inhabited by the
Haida, an indigenous people to whom art, culture, legends, mythology,
and community played an important role in their lives. Argillite carvings,
totem poles and ancient Haida villages attract visitors from around the
incredible area of British Columbia was formally called Queen Charlotte
Islands until the Haida Gwaii Reconciliation Act officially named the
islands Haida Gwaii, which means “Islands of the People”.
viewing and eco-adventures are popular in Haida Gwaii. Visitors can watch
various birds or catch site of migrating whales or seals and sea lions.
World class fishing lodges and coastal resorts in Haida Gwaii offer saltwater
and salmon fishing adventures that are among British Columbia's finest.
Plus, the many freshwater streams offer excellent flyfishing and stream
fishing. Hiking, biking and walking on the beaches or numerous trails
provides enjoyment as well as relaxation for the outdoor enthusiasts.
Haida Gwaii can provide something of interest to everyone; history, archeology,
fishing, boating, hiking, biking and more. The four main towns Masset,
Queen Charlotte City, Sandspit and Skidegate, and numerous communities
scattered throughout the islands all have something unique to offer. The
island pace is slow and relaxing so you can explore and enjoy at your
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are located
on the southern part of Moresby Island. Appropriately, Gwaii Haanas means
“Islands of Beauty” and is protected under Gwaii Haanas Parks.
Bluewater Adventures: Come see why National Geographic thinks we are “One of the Worlds Best!” Quality wilderness and wildlife eco-adventures about 70’ sailing and power vessels – our tours raise the profile of wildlife cruising in BC and Alaska. For small ship adventures off the... more
Crystal Cabin Gallery: Our gallery on Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Islands has been promoting our local Haida artists for the last 12 years. Visit and see their creativity and love for their Haida culture as we showcase our passions for beautiful gemstones, crystals, Shamanic stor... more
Ecosummer Expeditions: BC’s first kayaking company offers award-winning trips to the Queen Charlotte & Gulf Islands, Johnstone Strait, & West Coast Trail. We guarantee world-class scenery, some of the world’s finest Orca whale and bear watching, & an absolute commitment to service. more
Escott Sportfishing: Renowned for its big fish results year after year, for salmon and halibut, the Haida Gwaii is the place to be. Escott Sportfishing is a team led by Daniel “Sea Bass” Escott. With 15 years of experience this is sure to be the fishing adventure of a lifetime! more
Gerry's Fishing Charters: Located in the town of Masset, on the northern end of the Queen Charlotte Islands, we’re a short boat run to some of the most superb saltwater fishing in the area. Enjoy the warm hospitality of Gerry’s B&B to make this a fishing vacation you’ll remember with ... more
Haida Expeditions: We offer Fishing Charters and Boat Tours of Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve, along with custom charters anywhere on the island. Haida Gwaii is rich in Haida cultural tradition and natural treasures! Come see the beauty and history. Call Haida Expeditions today! more
Langara Fishing Adventures: Our deluxe resorts are located in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands & Chilcotin, and provide you with the finest fishing, retreat, and adventure destinations available. There’s also whale watching, and wildlife or eco-heli tours of pristine marine environmen... more
Ocean Adventures: Ocean Adventures invites you to experience remote and spectacular BC locations while enjoying the luxury accommodations and gourmet cuisine aboard the 54-foot motor yacht the Great Bear ll. You will enjoy unparalleled wildlife viewing and whale watching. more
Pacific Coastal Airlines: Enjoy scheduled service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Klemtu, Masset, Port Hardy (float & amphibious aircraft to coastal communities), Powell River, Trail, Victoria, & Will... more
Queen Charlotte Lodge: For those seeking the ultimate sport fishing adventure, the waters of the Queen Charlotte Islands and Naden Harbour are legendary for an abundance of Chinook & Coho – plus Halibut, Lingcod, and groundfish! We pride ourselves in comfortable lodging, friendly se... more
Shearwater Marine Group: Fish for Salmon, Halibut, and Bottom fish .. or enjoy our eco-adventure at the Gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest. We have fly-in packages or arrive on BC Ferries. We also offer guided fishing tours, boat rentals, moorage, lodging, pub restaurant, and an RV ... more
West Coast Fishing Club: A visit to one of our Queen Charlotte Island fishing resorts is not just a fishing trip -- it’s a fishing experience. Our fishing, location, service, staff, accommodations are all world-class. Not only will you be fishing some of the most abundant runs of salm... more
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To reach Haida Gwaii, you can travel from Prince Rupert by air or
ferry. The trip by air is about 45 minutes; the ferry crossing takes about
six hours from Prince Rupert to Skidegate. Direct air service from Vancouver
is also available with flights arriving and departing from the airport
at Sandspit. Once on the islands there are various charter boat operations
to take you exploring or fishing.
Facilities & Activities: golf course (Sandspit and Masset), golf course,
gym, swimming pool, bowling alley, curling ring, picnic sites, camping
and boat launch facilities, charter boat operations, hiking, swimming,
biking, sea kayaking, beachcombing, crabbing, hunting
Attractions: Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve/Haida Heritage Site
(Gwaii Haanas), Queen Charlotte Island Museum, Bill Reid totem pole, Loo
Taas Canoe, longhouses, Balancing Rock, Indian Island, Honna Fish Hatchery
(Skidegate), Shipwreck Hike, artisan community (Tlell), Heritage Museum,
Haida Canoe (Port Clements), Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary, Haida Village
Museum, Tow Hill, Agate Beach, arts & crafts shops, totem poles (Masset)
There are parks/campsites in and around Sandspit, Queen Charlotte
City, Tlell, Port Clements and Masset. There are a variety of other accomodations
from motels and hotels to guest lodges throughout the islands.