Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve/Haida Heritage Site

Address:PO Box 37
Queen Charlotte, BC V0T1S0

Phone:250-559-8818
Fax:250-559-8366
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/gwaiihaanas
Size: 1,474 sq. km. of land on 138 islands.
Established: 1988.
Location:In the southern part of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), a remote archipelago off the British Columbia coast, 640 km north of Vancouver. It is accessible only by boat or float plane.
Facilities:Limited (no trails or designated campsites). Haida Gwaii Watchmen basecamps have been established at major sites of cultural and natural significance. Watchmen provide site security and protection of the cultural features, and also provide visitors with the opportunity to hear firsthand of the living Haida culture.
Activities:Sea kayaking, boating, fishing (license required), hiking, camping, wildlife viewing. More than 50 commercial operators offer services in the Archipelago from May-September. Independent travellers to Gwaii Haanas must make an advance reservation or obtain a stand-by space.
Special Features:The rugged San Christoval Mountains, rocky coastline, and the remnants of native village sites offer a unique experience combining wilderness, solitude, spirituality and Haida culture. One of the finest old-growth temperate rainforests left on the Pacific coast remains relatively intact. Diversity of wildlife includes gray whales (migrating north during the spring), killer whales, humpback, sei, finback and minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, and harbor seals. Gwaii Haanas also includes an estimated 750,000 nesting seabirds and a large breeding colony of Steller's sea lions, located near Cape St. James.

See other parks in British Columbia.
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As one of fewer than 3,000 annual visitors to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site (often referred to simply as Gwaii Haanas), I had a unique opportunity not only to see the islands' beautiful scenery but also to learn about an ambitious effort to turn the clock back culturally and ecologically in this archipelago about 81 miles off mainland British Columbia.
A few years ago, on a paddling trip through British Columbia's Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, I watched otters pop up out of the still waters near the shore and black bears slink through a primeval, trail-less forest.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site is a shining example of a national heritage place that recognizes the role of Indigenous people in Canada and the traditional use of these special places, the statement continues.
We used radio-telemetry to locate the roosts of Little Brown Myotis at 2 locations in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site-Gandll K'in Gwaayaay (52.576[degrees]N, 131.443[degrees]W) and Huxley Island.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, Kamloops, BC V2B 8A8 Canada; dburles@telus.net
Two years later, all logging in South Moresby ceased as the federal government joined industry and the Council of the Haida Nation in a diplomatic process that ultimately delivered fair and just compensation to companies that had invested in the region, even as it established the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.
A resounding victory took shape in the form of the newly created Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. This reserve protects the southern third of the islands of Haida Gwaii and is administered jointly by the Council of the Haida Nation and Parks Canada.
Since Canada is acknowledged as a world leader in the use of TEK in resource and parks management (Kuhn and Duerden 1997, cited in Howitt 2001), the paper evaluates a Canadian case study: Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (Figure 1).
Although Parks Canada's integration of TEK is significant in some locations, as evidenced by the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve example, applications are still limited when assessed against the dominance of SK.
"We'd like to promote the islands as a destination," says Meredith Reeve, the client services manager of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, "but we need to be very careful.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve was runner up in 2015 for the National Geographic's World Legacy Awards.
Lawrence Islands National Park - ON * Riding Mountain National Park - MB * Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - BC * Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve - BC * Elk Island National Park -AB * Waterton Lakes National Park - AB The Nature Federation published a similar list three years earlier in 1999.