Savour views of the Alaska Panhandle and walk for miles along a wide, beautiful beach at Naikoon Provincial Park on Haida Gwaii. This pristine park lies on the northeast corner of Graham Island, on the remote northern archipelago formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.
From park headquarters in Tlell, site of the Edge of the World Music Festival in early August, follow spongy trails on foot or by bike along the rainforested banks of the Tlell River. Explore East Beach to find the remains of the shipwrecked Pesuta; it lies about an hour’s walk from Misty Meadows campground. After all the beachcombing, climb Tow Hill for views of Rose Spit, McIntyre Bay and Agate Beach.
In Tlell, settle into a riverside room at Haida House at Tllaal and explore the area with a Haida cultural ambassador. Beach hikes, canoe tours, salmon fishing, and even Haida feasts and helicopter flight-seeing are on the menu. Come evening, savour traditional foods at the restaurant or have a spa treatment arranged. Before leaving, shop for jewellery and carvings at studios in Masset.
Haida Gwaii is two hours from Vancouver or a short hop from Prince Rupert by air. By sea, travel on BC Ferries’ approximately seven-hour sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate. For a grand adventure, take a ferry ride turned wildlife cruise on the Inside Passage: BC Ferries MV Northern Adventure sails from Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island, to Prince Rupert, with possible sighting of eagles, seals and whales en route.