The living culture of Haida Gwaii

The living culture of Haida Gwaii

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  • Post published:December 23, 2020
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Lush temperate rainforests, unique wildlife and authentic Indigenous coastal villages live in harmony as moss-covered morning mists greet the day.

By Kylie MacKenzie

Often referred to as the Canadian Galapagos, or the edge of the earth, the far away archipelago of Haida Gwaii attracts visitors from around the world. From June to mid-September when the days are sunny and fresh, albeit unpredictably windy, is said to be the best time to enjoy intimate, transformative Haida Gwaii experiences that are both immersive and exhilarating.

Graham Island

Home to both Ocean House in Old Massett and Haida House the island is a diverse, breathtaking and unforgettable place to enjoy an exclusive seven-night adventure. First stop: Ocean House, a boutique waterside hotel on the northern edge of Haida Gwaii, with 22 rooms. Its sister, Haida House, has just 10 rooms in the central lodge and a collection of new cabins on the beach, reserved for the second part of guest stays. Both resorts offer adventurous daily itineraries along with cultural inspired dishes that feature local ingredients from the land, forest and sea alongside carefully paired, BC VQA vintages.


Here in British Columbia’s rich, thick and ominous rainforest, there’s plenty to see. Black bears, humpbacks, dolphins and sticklebacks are just the tip of the iceberg for plentiful wildlife sightings. Lead Haida guides are passionate ambassadors committed to honouring and protecting their sacred lands; there’s lots to see and explore.

Graham Island’s peaceful stretches of sandy beach with windswept dunes, raw, wilderness nooks and crags, amidst thriving flora and fauna offers the perfect base from which you can venture out to other magical inlets and fjord in this string of bio diverse islands, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte’s.