The islands are the home of the Haida people, who also make parts of Alaska their home. First known as the Queen Charlotte Islands as named by it first surveyor Captain Dixon, it has since been renamed as Haida Gwaii, or islands of the Haida.
There is something for everyone when one makes a visit to the islands, whether it before cultural, relaxation, or adventure reasons. However, you should be aware that you will need a fair amount of transportation to get around whether by water or by land when going around. Although you may want to do a lot of hiking, there will come a time wherein you may need a boat or a bicycle to get through some areas.
Those who want to absorb and experience the local cultural heritage will need about four days to do so. This is about the right amount of time if one wants to visit each and every one of the communities and go through the local art stores, museums and craft shops. It is also of note to visit the many totem poles erected by the various families to highlight their own histories.
Whale watching can best be enjoyed just within the waters off these islands. In fact it is probably the most strategic spot in the world to whale watch in close proximity when watching humpback whales, gray whales and killer whales. To watch killer whales it is suggested one do so in the months of May to September whilst the months of March and April are best for gray whale watching. Year round tour packages for whale watching are available in the area.
Many hiking trails and organized land tours are also available. What is interesting is a guided tree climbing tour for the adventure minded, something quite novel for a land tour. After a long hike, most hikers take a relaxing walk through the many beautiful beaches around the area. Those who are not inclined to walk can also bike around the island on mountain bikes.
For those who do not want to much strenuous activities, there are plenty of spaces to lounge around in. There are also great fishing spots to be had along areas with great kayaking also. There is always something for anyone to do to make the trip worthwhile.
Thus for those who want something different, this little gem of British Columbia might just be the thing you are looking for. The weather is great all year round with not so cold winters and not so hot summers. Perhaps now is a good time to pack your bags and head on towards Haida Gwaii!
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