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Gwaii Haanas means ‘Islands of Beauty’ in the Haida langauge and the area embodies the rugged beauty and rich ecology of this remote Pacific Coastal region, home to the ancient and fascinating Haida culture.

The park includes many important cultural sites and natural wonders including the standing poles at SGang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Haida longhouses, giant Sitka spruce, breeching humpback whales, and waters teaming with salmon and herring.

Gwaii Haanas is located at the south end of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago 120 kilometres across the Hecate Strait from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and has numerous islands. Islets, bays, tidal pools and beaches. Pacific temperate rainforest sweeps from sea level up the slopes of the San Christoval Mountians, the backbone of Gwaii Haanas, with alpine flowers, herbs and grasses thriving in the higher elevation. Visiting this wild and magical place is a real get-away-from-it-all experience; here there are no roads, shops or mobile phone access.

Gwaii Haanas can be reached only by air or by boat.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, orca, sperm whale
  • Where: British Columbia, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Whales & Dolphins in the Haida Gwaii

This trip offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the Queen Charlotte Islands, a remote archipelago and area of true wilderness and cultural importance. Cruise the Gwaii Haanas National Park on a comfortable yacht, spotting black bears, humpback whales, orca, Steller’s sealions and up to a million seabirds.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour