Listen to stories and songs about the Haida’s deep connection to the land and the sea and how these connections continue to thrive in Gwaii Haanas today.

Explore along the seashore and meet the strange and beautiful animals and seaweeds that live in the world between the tides.

Hike the Spirit Lake Trail to discover how the Haida use the forest in a sustainable and respectful way.

Discover why cedar is considered to be the tree of life and essential to life on Haida Gwaii.

Gwaii Haanas guided walks (approximately 90 minutes, dogs not permitted)

Beach walk

Haida Gwaii’s huge tides provide great opportunities for beach exploration and allow a glimpse into another world. As the tide falls, join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter and meet some of the strange and beautiful animals that live in the world between the tides.

Location: Beach in front of the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate.
Scheduled: May-September on each low-tide cycle. See the 2018 beach walk schedule.
Duration: 1.5 hours. 
Activity Level: Moderate, walking distance is 1 km on moist, packed mud. 
Group Size: Maximum 25 participants. 
Special Notes: Rubber boots or other water-proof footwear highly recommended. No boots? A limited number are available for loan on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Note - Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Look for posters at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre for programming updates and the most up-to-date schedule.

2018 Beach walk schedule
Date Time
Tuesday, May 15 8:30 am
Saturday, May 19 11:15 am
Wednesday, June 13 8:30 am
Thursday, June 14 9:00 am
Friday, June 15 9:30 am
Saturday, June 16 10:15 am
Sunday, June 17 11:00 am
Monday, June 18 12:00 am
Friday, July 13 8:30 am
Saturday, July 14 9:30 am
Sunday, July 15 10:00 am
Monday, July 16 11:00 am
Tuesday, July 17 11:30 am
Saturday, August 11 8:30 am
Sunday, August 12 9:00 am
Monday, August 13 9:30 am
Tuesday, August 14 10:30 am
Monday, August 10 8:30 am

Spirit Lake hike

Come and explore the sights, sounds and smells of a temperate rainforest with a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter. Discover how the Haida harvested plants and trees to obtain chewing gum, sun block, baby diapers and so much more!

Location: Spirit Lake trailhead across the highway from the George Brown Recreation Centre in Skidegate.
Scheduled: Tuesdays at 10 am and Fridays at 1:30 pm from June 15 through August 31. 
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours.
Activity Level: Moderate, with two steep sections, easy pace with many stops along the way - 4.3 km loop.
Group Size: Maximum 25 participants.
Special Note: Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.

Note - Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Look for posters at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre for programming updates and the most up-to-date schedule.

Gwaii Haanas connections

During June, July and August we offer 30-minute interactive programs in the Gwaii Haanas classroom at the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay, in Skidegate.

All programs are fun, free and family friendly! Look for our weekly schedule posted at the Haida Heritage Centre and the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre.

Gwaii Haanas connections: Shows
Cedar: Tree of life

From basic necessities to monumental masterpieces, discover the many ways cedar has been generous and essential to the Haida past and present.

Where Land and Sea Meet: Stories from Between the Tides

Learn about the dynamic and ever-changing intertidal world and the amazing marine life found along the shores of Haida Gwaii. Learn what Gwaii Haanas is doing to help ensure this sensitive landscape remains healthy and productive.

Seabird Survival: Think Global, Act Local

Why is Gwaii Haanas so important for seabirds? How is Gwaii Haanas protecting and restoring seabird nesting colonies? What is that black and white bird flying over the water?

Gwaii Haanas: Land, Sea, People

Join Gwaii Haanas interpreters as they explain the Haida’s deep connection to both the land and the sea and how these connections continue to thrive in Gwaii Haanas today.

Our Food: Traditional Harvesting

Learn about some of the culturally important foods that have been harvested on Haida Gwaii for centuries. Seasonal food samples available!

Xaayda Kil / Haida Language

The Haida language is an isolate, meaning there are no other languages like it. There is however a fragility to it because it is unique. Join us as we discuss the language, its history and some of the work being done to protect and revitalize it. Learn a little about the orthography and nuances of Xaayda Kil (Haida Language) and come away speaking a few words and phrases.


Gwaii Haanas connections: Activity stations

Fun. hands-on activities for everyone - young and old! Offered at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate during June, July and August. Look for our weekly schedule posted at the Haida Heritage Centre and the Queen Visitor Information Centre.

See the Sea

If you have explored rocky shores you are likely familiar with barnacles – those hard, white, volcano-shaped shells that cover rocks and scrape knees and hands. But have you ever seen the tiny creature that lives inside?

Join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter as we take a closer look at some of the tiny creatures that live along our shores and the microscopic world of plankton and zooplankton. Learn about marine protected areas, what Gwaii Haanas is doing and what you can do to help.

A Garden of Seaweed

Join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreter for a closer look some of the different seaweeds that decorate the shorelines of Haida Gwaii. Discover which ones are edible, which ones were traditionally used by the Haida, and which ones can be pressed into beautiful artwork! Explore the texture, colour, and smells as you create your own pressed seaweed sample to take home.

Rock Out!

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.

Andy Goldsworthy

Take a closer look at the pebbles and sands from many of the beautiful beaches of Haida Gwaii and Gwaii Haanas. From the fine grey grains of Windy Bay to the shining agate beach of Tow Hill, join a Gwaii Haanas interpreter and learn what our favorite beaches can tell us about the fascinating geology of this region.

A Whale of a Tale

Ever caught a flash of a fin or tail and wondered what animal it belonged to? Join a Gwaii Haanas interpreter in identifying and comparing over twenty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises that have been seen in the waters of Gwaii Haanas.

Have you ever wondered how can humpback whales eat if they don’t have teeth? Why some killer whales hunt silently while other are vocal? How to tell the difference between a seal and a sea lion? We’ll do our best to answer all your marine mammal questions! Just come and ask.

Haida Villages

The Haida built elaborate and impressive winter villages at many locations throughout Haida Gwaii. From the steepness of the beach to the topography behind, many factors were taken into consideration when choosing a village site. Learn about the ancient Haida villages in Gwaii Haanas, and design your own drawing of a Haida village.

With centuries of trial and error let’s look at how the Haida perfected village building on the rugged coast of Gwaii Haanas!

A Birder’s Paradise

What makes Gwaii Haanas such an important place for seabirds? What is a murrelet? Where can I see a puffin? How do I use binoculars and a spotting scope? Come to the Natural History Gallery at the Haida Heritage Centre for answers to these questions and more!

Educational / Tour groups

We offer a variety of fun and engaging educational programs for your school, club or tour group. From general Gwaii Haanas orientations to rainforest and seashore explorations, inquire about a program tailored to meet your needs. Contact us at gwaii.haanas@pc.gc.ca / 1-877-559-8818 for information.