Haida Gwaii, being an island chain, will definitely have a majority of its activities to be water related or involving water. A year round activity that many go to the islands for are various kinds of whale watching which occurs year round.
The archipelago can be considered as being one of the more strategic spots in the world to do whale watching and whale species observations. Of course the frequency of you being able to see humpbacks, gray whales and killer whales at any one time will be dependent on the season or even the month. Thus a little advanced reading might be useful should you decide on this endeavor.
Plenty of land activities exist as well on these islands. There are quite a few hiking and camping spots dotted around the islands for those that enjoy these kinds of activities. Hand in hand with this one can enjoy kayaking and fishing as well. Most popular activities are biking in the morning followed by just lounging and lazing around the beaches in the afternoons until evening.
The Haida are a friendly people and are the local inhabitants of the islands. If learning about local history and culture is your cup of tea, they would be more than happy to indulge you. It is, however recommended that you read up on some aspects of their culture beforehand to avoid embarrassing situations and questions.
Many totem poles in the Alaskan tradition are strewn about, and also erected on the islands. These are basically records of the families in the area and act as some sort of mnemonic device, much like a family heirloom or even photo album. These totems are very much similar to Alaskan ones since the Haida also inhabit large portions of that state and surrounding areas.
A complete four days is what it will take to completely tour the archipelago and soak up its local culture and history. Be on the lookout for local museums that are part of local communities, wherein you can browse through some local arts and crafts. Here in these museums you will see origins of the bent wood technique used in making furniture. This technique is shared across almost all North American Indian cultures.
The archipelago in essence is far enough for you to feel isolated, and also near enough for you to reach. In fact it is just a mere two hours by plane and about eight hours by ferry or boat from Toronto.
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