Haida Gwaii

From Prince Rupert, we took the ferry to Skidegate in Haida Gwaii. Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is the home of the Haida people, a much revered northwest aboriginal tribe. The southern islands have been returned to the Haida people and are now managed as Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. We drove around Graham Island in the north and visited Massett. We took a boat throughout the marine park, visiting all five Haida village sites.

View from anchorage in Gwaii Haanas.

View from anchorage in Gwaii Haanas.


Clouds above the water.

Clouds above the water.


Anchorage scene.

Anchorage scene.


Low tide scene.

Low tide scene.


Unusual clouds form a pattern above evergreens and driftwood.

Unusual clouds form a pattern above evergreens and driftwood.


Skungwai totem poles standing in original position.

Skungwai totem poles standing in original position.


Detail of bear claw on totem pole, Skungwai.

Detail of bear claw on totem pole, Skungwai.


Detail of man on totem pole, Skungwai.

Detail of man on totem pole, Skungwai.


Detail of commemorative pole celebrating logging protestors in 1977. The protests ultimately led to the return of the islands to the Haida people.

Detail of commemorative pole celebrating logging protestors in 1977. The protests ultimately led to the return of the islands to the Haida people.


The Haida Gwaii black bear is a distinct subspecies of the American Black Bear.

The Haida Gwaii black bear is a distinct subspecies of the American Black Bear.


Scarred back of Risso's  dolphin.

Scarred back of Risso’s dolphin.


Lions Mane Jellyfish, a yard in width.

Lions Mane Jellyfish, a yard in width.


Bird footprints in sand.

Bird footprints in sand.


Low tide scene.

Low tide scene.


Morning dew drops on sea grass.

Morning dew drops on sea grass.


Detail of rusted logging chain.

Detail of rusted logging chain.


Detail of rock on small island in southern Gwaii Haanas.

Detail of rock on small island in southern Gwaii Haanas.


Boat harbor in Massat.

Boat harbor in Massat.


Seashore at Naikoon Provincial Park at northern end of Graham Island.

Seashore at Naikoon Provincial Park at northern end of Graham Island.

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