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Gwaii Haanas Professional Review and Guide
"Not long ago the notorious stretch of water known as Hecate Strait was paddled by the Haida during raids on mainland tribes. Legend has it that following an attack, the Haida canoes would turn and head towards Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands, leaving their less seaworthy adversaries bound to the mainland for fear of crossing the strait. Times have changed, but even today the isolation of the islands continues to preserve their natural and cultural wealth.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in the southern third of the archipelago. Here paddlers can travel through sheltered bays and inlets, explore ancient forests and Haida villages, and gain a sense of the wilderness and society that have lived together since time began. Gwaii Haanas is an area so distinctive, both culturally and biologically, that it is often referred to as the Canadian Galapagos. It is truly one of the world’s great paddling destinations."
--Peter McGee, Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Greystone Books).
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