Being a group of islands, Haida Gwaii will definitely best be able to serve up water activities of many sorts. The most popular and most well known of all the activities are the whale watching excursions and tours that are offered year round. Many come to the islands particularly for this especially scientists, students and the curious.
Whale watching has become its main earning attraction due to the fact that the area is considered the best in the world when it comes to watching and observing whale species such as the mighty orca, the humpback whale and the grey whale. Frequency per hour in terms of sightings will depend on season and month so it might be a good idea to research on when is the best time to go. By doing this you will definitely get more for your money.
Great and worthwhile activities also can be had on land. Some notable hiking trails and camping spots are available for those who are so inclined to these sort of activities. Kayaking areas and fishing spots also abound, so one can be spoilt for choice in a way. Many tourists would prefer to bike in the morning and the laze around on the beach until nighttime.
Those of a more cultural and historical leaning in terms of having a good vacation will not be disappointed. The local Haida are very friendly and more than willing to share with you their culture and history. It is best to avoid embarrassment by reading into the culture earlier so you can avoid any uncomfortable moments and comments.
As you travel along the islands, you will notice quite a few totem poles around and they look very much like Alaskan totem poles. This is because the Haida also occupy large areas of Alaska. The totem poles are records of each of the families on the island and should be accorded much respect.
Four days is the minimum amount of time you need to fully circumnavigate the entire area and soak everything in. This is enough time to be able to visit all the local arts and crafts establishments as well as the museums that are on offer from each of the local communities. During this time, you will most likely learn a lot about a furniture making technique used by North American Indian tribes, called the bent wood technique. This is a way of making furniture without using nails and such.
There are several ways to reach this island chain. Most will take the faster and direct way of a two hour flight from Toronto. Some may take the more relaxed route of eight hours using a boat or ferry.
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