Known in the Haida words "Gwaii Haanas", meaning islands of wonder, the Queen Charlotte Islands are referred to by some as "awe-inspiring". Here, at ancient Haida villages in the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
, old totems and longhouses can be seen. The town of Sandspit
at the entrance to the park can be reached by air, and offers year-round golfing and shopping.
The nationally protected areas can be reached only by air or boat, and visitors must register first with Parks Canada, or with the Haida Gwaii Watchman Office. Another alternative is to ask for a list of licensed guides offering day trips on "live-aboard" vessels. No campsites in the park. Improved roads will take you to the northern half of the islands.
BC Ferries has connections to Prince Rupert on the mainland.