Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site is a wild place. With no road access, stores, cell phone coverage and little signage, it is a true wilderness experience.
Gwaii Haanas is not only home to a plethora of unique subspecies and environments, it is also home to Haida. Today the Council of the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada manage Gwaii Haanas through a cooperative agreement. They work together through the Archipelago Management Board (AMB), which protects Gwaii Haanas from sea floor to mountain peak.
Gwaii Haanas visitors can paddle kayaks or catch the wind sailing through waters alongside sGaana killer whales, skul Pacific white-sided dolphins and kay Steller sea lions, and seeing pods of kun humpbacks breaching and flicking their tail flukes as they gorge on the bounty of the Gwaii Haanas marine area. Visitors can float through K’iid Xyangs K’iidaay Burnaby Narrows, teeming with intertidal life, and see a vast array of different species at lower tides.
Haida have lived amongst the sGaanawaay supernatural beings of Haida Gwaii at least since the end of the ice age, and have managed Gwaii Haanas to maintain its ecological integrity for at least 14,500 years. Kayak along shorelines teeming with sea stars, walk amid towering, century-old monumental poles and soak up the moss-shrouded magic of 1,884 islands and islets.
Planning your visit
Gwaii Haanas balances recreation with protection of the natural and cultural features that attract people. With this in mind, the number of visitors entering Gwaii Haanas each day is limited. Available space is distributed between guided and independent travellers. July to mid-August is the busiest travel period, so if you plan to visit during this time, verify the availability of your Gwaii Haanas dates before finalizing your travel plans. Download the latest editions of the Gwaii Haanas Trip Planning Guide here.
Are you travelling independently or on a guided trip? If you would like to take a guided trip, book your trip directly with a licensed Tour Operator. See http://parkscanada.ca/gwaiihaanas-operators for a list of licensed tour operators. If you are travelling independently (in your own boat, personal or rented kayak) you will need to make a reservation and attend an orientation.