Friday 15 April 2022

Haida Gwaii - November 2019

Somehow once Fluenta and her crew returned to Canada life became hectic again and the blog has been mostly neglected. However, I hope to fill in a few gaps from the last part of our trip back. One of the highlights was our time in Haida Gwaii. This is generally perceived as an adventurous cruising destination in the summer so not surprisingly he had the park in Gwaii Haanas to ourselves as even the staff were gone for the season by the time we were there in November. The park is a marine conservation area and Haida heritage site so there are mandatory briefings required before visiting the site. We anchored in front of the museum and headquarters for the park at Skidagate and were fortunate to get a personal briefing from one of the senior managers as opposed to the temporary staff in the "normal" season. With all of our usual questions the briefing took twice as long as usual. Johnathan was studying the first nations in school so the museum was perfect timing.
Anchored in front of the museum
Anchoring with the large tidal range requires some planning and equipment.


From Skidagate we proceeded south to Gwaii Haanas for several days. Our first stop was Hot Spring Island were not surprisingly the highlight was the hot springs and a rather chilly ocean swim. It was clear we were not in the South Pacific anymore ! 


More hot springs !

The highlight was SG̱ang Gwaay (Anthony Island) which is one of the primary Haida heritage sites. Somehow the fog and mist seemed appropriate.

Gwaii Haanas.  You can see the remnants of the long houses
Glad we could still just see Fluenta in the mist.
1.  Skigagate, 2. Hot Springs Island, 3 SG̱ang Gwaay (Anthony Island)

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