Haida Gwaii, British Columbia is Out of This World…

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I’m kinda in shock that Haida Gwaii isn’t considered a distinct territory as classified by the ever popular “Travelers’ Century Club” yet Prince Edward Island is!? Anyways, we arrived yesterday morning on an overnight ferry from Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia. It’s actually one of the most isolated, special and serene places I’ve ever visited. Due to its location and coastal climate, rain is often served but we got lucky, really lucky. We’ve been here two days and they have been the best weather of this trip, we’ve got to see a very beautiful part of this planet in absolutely spectacular weather…

The original inhabitants of this area are known as the Haida and they have been living on these islands off the coast of BC and actually closer to Japan than Newfoundland for over 10,000 years. I’ve only been here for less than 48 hours but already really like it here, the three islands we’ve visited in this archipelago are Graham, Morseby and Louise. The vast majority of people live on Graham island where I’m writing this now from Sea Raven’s Restaurant in Queen Charlotte City.

Even though this town is incredibly sleepy aka really small, its got a lot of very interesting characters and if you make an impression on someone, you’ll definitely run into them again. I’ve already sent my regards and tipped my hat to a few interesting gents I’ve had the pleasure of getting acquainted with. I know we’re in British Columbia, Canada but it feels like another world, there are stellar views in most directions, it’s rich in cultural history and supposedly the fishing is out of this world. Last night I dined on fresh halibut, salmon and prawns in a thick garlic sauce and it, much like this place was out of this world.

Sadly we’re leaving on the 11pm ferry this evening and that will conclude my time here. I believe it’s one of those places that no matter how long your stay is, you’ll wish for another few days or a week. Last night while doing a classic “iyashinoshigoto Walkabout” I ran into some gents from Alberta who were cooking Dungeness Crabs they caught earlier in the day, they told me the fishing is fantastic and I believe them.

Many of the local people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting told me that it’s mainly older people and those with younger children who are here as most young adults leave to find opportunity elsewhere as there simply isn’t a lot of employment here. Yesterday we went to Morseby Island where we teamed up with Morseby Explorers and went for a tour that included The Skedans Village and I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with a gent named David who is one of the watchmen. There are several outposts throughout the area where Haida stay and take care of sacred areas to make sure they are well maintained, protected and help visitors with any questions they may have on this unique area.

I could go on but I’ve made two video blogs about Haida Gwaii that you should expect to see in the coming days when I’m back on the mainland with a solid internet connection. If you’re thinking of taking a trip to British Columbia or if you’re in British Columbia and looking for something new and totally “out there”, I recommend you visit Haida Gwaii. I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things in my 32 years on this planet but this is one of those places I’ll always remember and speak fondly of. For the first time in a very long time, I’ve felt like a kid again, just enjoying nature for what it is without a care in the world.

I’m here with the Explore BC Project, to learn more  visit the Tourism BC Facebook Page and look up #ExploreBC on Twitter.

In closing, I can’t believe how good the weather was, a real treat that I’m thankful for and won’t forget.

Tips hat,

Author: iyashinoshigoto

18 thoughts on “Haida Gwaii, British Columbia is Out of This World…

    1. Thanks for the kind words and tomorrow is a new adventure I’ll be excited about so it’s always now or never to share fresh thoughts from an experience. :]

  1. I’d like to echo Ava’s comments about your pictures! You really do have an eye for a great shot! You might consider selling prints of some of your scenic shots! In the last picture, I almost feel as if we should be looking for Davy Jones Locker!

  2. Having spent much time in Southeast Alaska (keep heading north, you’re nearly there!) I will agree that you experienced some incredible luck with the weather. It is a temperate rainforest after all, right?

    Beautiful part of the world, and I’m sure the angler in you is just itching to put a line in the water. The folks at Tourism BC should have that lined up for you. Not just because you personally enjoy it so much, but it’s also a big part of tourism in BC.

    Keep up the great “work.” (Meant in the most awesome – and possibly jealous – fashion.)

    1. You can’t get this type of vegetation without the rain and I fully realize how lucky we were, incredibly so. Believe it or not, I’m going fishing tomorrow all day for steelhead which I’m incredibly excited about.

      You’re right about fishing tourism, a huge portion of the tourists I’ve met are here for the fishing. I’m really hoping to catch a lunker tomorrow and have that photo with a monster smile.

  3. That description of the food sounds AWESOME. Nothing like eating fresh clean food from areas you know have ZERO pollution.

    The awesome part of your blogs are the complete disconnect from the rest of the world. Look at those pics and you see nothing but the beauty of nature, waiting to be explored. As for myself (living in NYC), I look around and see people walking super fast on their iPhones and Blackberrys, comsumed by the pointless 140 character tweets everyone now participates in. Don’t get me wrong, Twitter has its purposes, but most ppl are just passing the time, not LIVING it. I’m with SJH, keep up the great work…and yeah, I’m jealous too. Cheers!

    1. It was almost from a fairy tale and the food was just delicious. Everyone was so friendly and it’s great to disconnect once in a while. My dad always wants to go on a canoe trip in Algonquin park but I was always too busy, I think we’ll be doing that soon and I’m looking forward to it.

      Sometimes you need to disconnect to realize where your time should go when you eventually do “reconnect”. I’m back in Prince Rupert now, it all happened so fast that it feels like a dream. Really glad I have videos to share and to serve as memories.

      As always, thanks for stopping by and joining the discussion!

  4. Robert,

    out of all the amazing places you have been, this is the one place i really want to visit. Beautiful scenery mixed with a unique culture and history makes it look like an epic travel destination. Even the ferry trip looks like an adventure. Supposedly the Hecate Straight is one of the most dangerous passages on the west coast. Hope you brought the provisions which were recommended from your friends in Victoria for that 16hr crossing. Glad you are appreciating the west coast of BC as much as we do. Did you learn about the Golden Spruce while you were over there? Great story, i recommend the book if you are not familiar. Hurry up and catch a salmon already!

    1. It was an epic destination and we stayed at a place called Hecate Inn, wasn’t aware it was so dangerous there was a big storm and woke up a few times to the waves crashing.

      I hadn’t heard of the story but the guide said most have, I’ll look into it. Going steelhead fishing tomorrow so we’ll have to see what transpires. If you get a chance, go visit and get lost for a week or two.

  5. What a beautiful and special place. It looks so relaxing and like pure heaven. Now I really wanna go!!!:) Thx for introducing it to me.

  6. Great blog! Finally remembered to check it! Glad you and Brendan enjoyed yourselves on HG, and just for the record, it’s been almost a week straight now of beautiful sunshine!

    Best wishes to you two on your BC travels, and wherever else life may take you. I’ll be sure to check out those videos, hopefully you keep some of the “personality” we were all talking about in them 😉 Cheers!

    1. It was great meeting you and glad that the weather is still good. The conversation was duly noted indeed!

      Safe travels and videos soon with special cameo.

  7. This is amazing to see, and hear. It’s been my first summer back to the island for a few years, And the feeling never changes. The sun is shining here on Haida Gwaii, Saying thank-you for the kind words!

    1. You must be enjoying the weather and loved it, was recommending it to a friend for a kayaking trip destination earlier today.

      I would like to return and try my luck at fishing, supposedly it is world class and not to be missed for an avid angler.

  8. Rob a great post but a quick lesson in the Haida language. The word “Haida” means people in the Haida language, so to call them the Haida people is a little redundent. The “Haida” also encourage us not to say “Non Haida” when we talk about others as we are then identifying ourselves as “non-people”!!
    Smiles and safe journeys

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