Haida Gwaii

This group of islands off the northern coast of British Columbia was formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. The islands have a population of just under 5000, with half of them being First Nations of the Haida Tribe. Culturally, this is one of the most immersive destinations in Canada to connect with.

Several small towns offer a variety of options for amenities and options for activity. The largest of these is Queen Charlotte, with a population of less than 1000. Each community has a variety of shops with local fare. Local businesses also offer excursions into the wilderness for a variety of reasons from fishing to bear viewing to checking out some of the oldest trees on planet Earth.

Roughly 100 inches of rain falls on the islands per year. Comparatively speaking, people call Seattle wet and it only receives an average of 38 inches! What this means for the local environment is that it is a true temperate rain forest. Plant life is everywhere, and some of the trees are hundreds of years old.

There are roads on Haida Gwaii, but the only way to access the islands by airplane or ferry. Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation on the islands. This is a wonderful place to get away and explore without giving up modern-day amenities like cell phones. Make sure and do some research so that you can time a visit during one of the several festivals throughout the year.