The waterfront village of Skidegate is on the southern point of Graham Island, one of the many islands of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands). Part of the largest island on the archipelago, Skidegate is just two kilometres north of the terminal for the ferry that connects Haida Gwaii with Moresby Island and with Prince Rupert. Best known for its beautiful totem poles, including a dogfish totem by the famous Bill Reid, there’s also a huge cedar longhouse facing the beach. You can visit the many carvers working in the area, including some that use silver, gold and argillite. And you can visit the museum to further explore Haida history and culture, along with the natural history of the area, including birds, fossils and mammals. Haida Gwaii means “place of wonder” in the Haida language, and the area is full of giant trees, mosses and lush seashores that explode with flora and fauna. It’s a launching point to explore superb sport fishing, camping, beachcombing, hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing and sea kayaking.
Top 5 things to do
- Learn about Aboriginal heritage and culture
- View the 15-metre-long Loo Taas Canoe and the area’s totem poles
- Explore the Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Gwaii Heritage Centre
- Enjoy superb fishing in the ocean and lakes
- Go wildlife viewing and whale-watching