Haida Gwaii Film Festival in March at Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte - The Haida Gwaii Film Festival, founded in 2009, brings Canadian and international films to Haida Gwaii.

All Islands Art Show in March at Saahlinda Naay Haida Gwaii Museum - The All Islands’ Art Show is an annual event held to showcase the artists of Haida Gwaii. A Youth All Islands’ Art Show is also held on a bi-annual basis. 

Seniors’ Winter Games in April, an all island event - the ‘Winter Games’ is a popular event for all islanders (50+) and is organized each year by one of the communities.

Trout Derby in May on Moresby Island - This fun family event at Gawu Kuns Siiwaay Mosquito Lake is hosted on the Sunday of the long-weekend, by the Sandspit Rod and Gun Club. This is a popular weekend of camping and fishing for all ages. Contact Jim Henry for more information at 250.637.2212.

Aboriginal Day Celebration in Gaw Old Massett - every year on June 21. Come celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the Haida Nation. This is a National event.

Hospital Day in Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte - every 3rd Saturday in June. Hospital Day has been an annual tradition on the Islands since 1908, when islanders came together to raise funds to build the first hospital.


Canada Day Events on the nearest July 1 weekend, Gamadiis Port Clements - Mud bog, fishing derby and more. The day begins with a pancake breakfast followed by a parade leading the crowds to the community park to participate in go-cart races, games and more. The highlight of the celebration is the mud bog with participants from every community on Haida Gwaii.

Skidegate Days in July at HlGaagilda Skidegate - canoe races, salmon BBQ and more. The Skidegate Days celebrations kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the ‘small hall’ in HlGaagilda. The multi-day event includes slo-pitch tournament, Haida canoe races, games, a salmon barbecue dinner.

Totem to Totem Marathon held in July at Kay Llnagaay. The marathon runs along gorgeous shoreline from the Haida Heritage Centre to St Mary’s Spring. This marathon is a designated qualifier race for the Boston Marathon. See totemtototem.com for more information.

Loggers Sports Day held in July at K’il Llnagaay Sandspit - Loggers Sports Day has been a tradition in Sandspit for over 50 years. The day begins with a parade, followed by competitions in axe throwing, sawing, setting chokers, burling and a greased pole climb.

Tlell Fall Fair August, Tll.aal Tlell - Sunday of the long weekend. Earliest fall fair in BC! For event details call Linda Louis at 250.559.8975.

The Edge of the World Music Festival August 9, 10, 11 2019 in  Tll.aal Tlell - Since 1975 this event has grown, attracting visitors from all over the world. See edgefestival.ca for more information.

Agate Man Triathlon held in August at Gaw Masset - The race consists of a 500m swim in Pure Lake, a 20km bike ride to the Masset Fire Hall, and a 6km run. Participants are welcome to register alone or in teams. To register call 250 626-5652 or e-mail [email protected].

Haida Heritage Center Celebration August 17, 2019 in Kay Llnagaay - This celebration is for the award-winning cultural centre; it begins with a clan parade followed by a day of traditional Haida celebrations.

Moresby Explorers Pig Roast Last Saturday in August at K’il Llnagaay Sandspit - The Moresby Explorers crew welcomes everybody for an end-of-season party, Pig Roast and potluck-style dinner with live bands.

Sandspit Wild Harvest Festival in September 6 & 7, 2019 in K’il Llnagaay Sandspit - This event includes speakers, wild mushroom identification lessons, food processing workshops, botany ecology tours and more! Contact Flavien Mabit at [email protected]

Haida Gwaii Museum Gala held in the fall at Kay Llnagaay. Collectors come to bid in an art auction featuring pieces from Islands artists. See haidagwaiimuseum.ca for more information.

Coho Salmon Derby Late September/October, K’il Llnagaay Sandspit & K’aasda GawGa Copper Bay - The annual Coho Derby hosted by the Sandspit Rod and Gun Club. Contact Jim Henry for more information at 250.637.2212.

Expression Sessions – held in November at Taaw Tow Hill - coincides with the November full moon. Each year North Beach Surf Shop organizes a weekend of surfing at Gaatsguusd North Beach. See northbeachsurfshop.com for more information.

Photo by Full Moon Photo/Jason Shafto