Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago about an hour’s flight or approximately seven hours by ferry from Prince Rupert. It’s also among the most culturally, archaeologically and ecologically rich places on earth.
Make your first stop The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay and immerse yourself in Aboriginal history. This 21st-century cultural centre in the village of Skidegate is a modern take on an ancient village that once stood on this site. Watch artists at work in the carving shed, try some fried bread or clam fritters in the Eating House and see examples of modern works at the temporary exhibit gallery. Try and catch a live music and dance performance in the theatre, or meet young artists honing skills at the Bill Reid Teaching Centre on site. The heart of the centre is the Haida Gwaii Museum, where artifacts, art and technology reflect thousands of years of settlement on the islands.
You will find that most of the accommodations in nearby Queen Charlotte City are cozy, low key and family run; a favourite is Dorothy and Mike’s Guest House, complete with an ocean view deck and infrared sauna.
Staying a while? Travel about 40 minutes north and settle into a riverside room at Haida House at Tllaal. Pick from day or multi-day packages and join a Haida cultural ambassador on anything from beach hikes, canoe tours and salmon fishing to Haida feasts and helicopter flight-seeing. Come evening, savour traditional foods at the restaurant and have a spa treatment arranged nearby.