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Queen Charlotte Islands
Vancouver & Coast
The Queen Charlotte Islands, an
archipelago of more than 1,500 islands on the northwest coast of British
Columbia, is the cultural homeland of the Haida People. A land of
ephemeral beauty captivated by towering forests, mist-swept fiords and
pristine mountainscapes, it is known by the Haida as "Haida Gwaii," or
in modern-day terms, "the islands of the Haida." But it is the Haida's
ancient translation of this name, "the boundary of the world" that
reflects the Haida's true kinship with these islands.
Home to approximately 5,000 people who
are spread across the archipelago's two largest islands, Graham and
Moresby, the Queen Charlottes are the visual evidence of a submerged
ring of mountains that rises precipitously from the ocean. Although the
archipelago is only about 150 miles long north to south, clusters of
"islands" stretch for more than 1,000 square miles off shore, providing
ideal locations for sea kayaking and boat tours.
The Haida Gwaii's most popular
attraction is the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage
Site, a remote wilderness park whose translated name, "Place of Wonder"
aptly describes its beauty. Gwaii Haanas is only accessible by float
plane or boat and is favoured for kayaking, wildlife photography and
Each of the islands' small towns and
hamlets has a culture and personality of its own. Masset, perched at the
northeastern tip of Graham Island, is located approximately two miles
from several ancient Haida townsites, what is now called Old Masset. The
town of Tlell, is Graham Island's artistic centre and has several
galleries and private artist studios that accept enquiries from the
public. Tours of the islands' key attractions can be arranged when
booking accommodations or by enquiring at a local tourism and
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
British Columbia by Andrew Hempstead. Every Moon guidebook includes
recommendations for must-see sights and many regional, area, and
city-centered maps. Complete with guidance on whale-watching near
Telegraph Cove, hiking the Stanley Glacier Trail, and camping near Mount
Robson, Moon British Columbia gives travelers the tools they need to
create a more personal and memorable experience.
British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies by Bill Rae, Author and
Donald Olson, Contributor. This brand-new edition to the Frommer series
takes travelers through all the highlights, including all the best
eco-adventures: whale watching by kayak, sailing a ketch into the worlds
only grizzly bear reserve, and hiking in misty, primordial old-growth
forests and along wilderness beaches.
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