Adventure Canada

Adventure Canada

March 08, 2005 13:54 ET

"Islands of the People" Return to Nature

Experience the Gwaii Haanas (Queen Charlotte Islands) before the Haida legacy disappears Attention: Environment Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, World News Editor QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS, BC--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - According to Carol Heppenstall, Director of Arts and Culture for Adventure Canada, the Queen Charlotte Islands, known as Gwaii Haanas (Haida for "Islands of the People") have returned to nature. The once imposing character of this mystical place has become memory - shrouded in moss blankets and overrun by salal. An ice storm in December of 2003 has left the remaining totems split and defaced. For those interested in the historic villages, this is the time to visit.

By the early 20th century remnant populations of Haida migrated north to the villages of Skidigate and Masset. Once richly ensconced families, with elaborately designed homes and totem pole visual histories, abandoned their hereditary villages that are now, as in the case of Sgang Gwaii (Ninstints) an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For the Haida, this change is all part of a continuum. In the nearby waterways and intertidal zones, killer whales and humpbacks play while sea lions, otters and the mighty salmon, feast on the abundant sea life. There will be no rescue of the poles, no rebuilt villages. This is as things are meant to be in the philosophy of the Haida.

Adventure Canada, an ecotour company out of Toronto has been leading sailing expeditions for over a decade to this area, sometimes referred to as the "Galapagos of the North". For 10 days, you may have the privilege of sailing the waters of Gwaii Haanas. With expert guides you may walk in the cathedral forests, along creek beds and old village paths that have withstood silently. You will meet the Haida and learn of their magnificent past and the future they are building for their children - as keepers of the stories and protectors of the land.

Aboard the Island Roamer Sailboat, leaving from Sandspit, BC
May 17-26, 2005
$3695 +GST (based on double occupancy)
Max. participants: 14

Contact 800-363-7566 for more information. /For further information: IN: EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, TRANSPORT, TRAVEL

Contact Information

  • Clayton Anderson, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Adventure Canada
    Primary Phone: 905-271-4000
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-4038