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Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC


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Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People"), formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, are an archipelago on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. They consist of two main islands: Graham Island in the north, and Moresby Island in the south, along with approximately 150 smaller islands with a total landmass of 10,180 km2 (3,931 sq mi).

The islands are separated from the British Columbia mainland to the east by Hecate Strait. Vancouver Island lies to the south, across Queen Charlotte Sound, while the U.S. state of Alaska is to the north, across the disputed Dixon Entrance.


Local Business Listings
Gerry's Fishing Charters: Located in the town of Masset, on the northern end of the Queen Charlotte Islands, we’re a short boat run to some of the most superb saltwater fishing in the area. Enjoy the warm hospitality of Gerry’s B&B to make this a fishing vacation you’ll remember with ... more
Haida Fishing Charters: We offer salmon fishing and saltwater sport fishing charters in Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii is rich in sport fishing and Haida cultural tradition and natural treasures! more
Langara Fishing Adventures: Our deluxe resorts are located in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands & Chilcotin, and provide you with the finest fishing, retreat, and adventure destinations available. There’s also whale watching, and wildlife or eco-heli tours of pristine marine environmen... more
Pacific Coastal Airlines: Enjoy scheduled service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Klemtu, Masset, Port Hardy (float & amphibious aircraft to coastal communities), Powell River, Trail, Victoria, & Will... more
Queen Charlotte Lodge: For those seeking the ultimate sport fishing adventure, the waters of the Queen Charlotte Islands and Naden Harbour are legendary for an abundance of Chinook & Coho – plus Halibut, Lingcod, and groundfish! We pride ourselves in comfortable lodging, friendly se... more
West Coast Fishing Club: A visit to one of our Queen Charlotte Island fishing resorts is not just a fishing trip -- it’s a fishing experience. Our fishing, location, service, staff, accommodations are all world-class. Not only will you be fishing some of the most abundant runs of salm... more

Queen Charlotte Islands

Their are numerous protected areas including Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, which is mostly Moresby Island and adjoining islands and islets. Also protected are several provincial parks, the largest of which is Naikoon Provincial Park on northeastern Graham Island. The islands are home to an abundance of wildlife, including the both the largest and smallest subspecies of black bear. Black-tailed deer and raccoon are introduced species that have become abundant. The islands offer excellent opportunities for sportfishing, wildlife viewing, guided tours, cycling, hiking, camping, and eco and adventure tourism.

The Queen Charlotte Islands have not only gained a reputation for outstanding natural beauty, but also for a remarkable First Nations culture. For thousands of years Haida Gwaii has been inhabited by the Haida, an indigenous people to whom art, culture, legends, mythology, and community played an important role in their lives. Argillite carvings, totem poles and ancient Haida villages attract visitors from around the world.

Haida Gwaii Agate Beach

The main transportation links between the Islands and mainland British Columbia are the Sandspit Airport, the Masset Airport and the BC Ferries terminal at Skidegate. The westernmost leg of Highway 16 connects Masset and Skidegate on Graham Island, and Skidegate with Prince Rupert on the mainland via regular BC Ferries service by the MV Northern Adventure. There is also regular BC Ferries service between Skidegate and Alliford Bay on Moresby Island. Floatplane services connect to facilities such as the Alliford Bay Water Aerodrome and Masset Water Aerodrome.

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