The Haida Gwaii (Islands of the People) , previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, are in British Columbia, Canada. Though the archipelago comprises over 150 islands, the two largest, Graham and Moresby, dominate the visitor's itinerary.
This is a remote area where there are few big chain stores or high end amenities. Do not expect grand resorts choked with tourists, however opening in 2012 will be a world class resort owned by the Haida on the Tlell river, and there are B&B's, Cabins, and Motels that offer accommodations. Some of the reasons to come to the islands are to explore the outdoors as there are numerous options for hiking, hunting, beachcombing, kayaking, and fishing. Other visitors enjoy the vast artisan galleries and culture that can be found.
The official language is English, but sometimes Haida, the language of this First-Nations People, may be heard, although very few people now speak it.
The only way to get a vehicle to the island is on the six hour ferry from Prince Rupert. There are also daily flights available. Air Canada flies into Sandspit from Vancouver daily, and Pacific Coastal flies into Masset daily. Flights are also available from Prince Rupert to Masset daily.
The islands have developed highway infrastructure, and Highway 16 travels from Skidegate to Masset on Graham Island.
Transportation between Skidegate Landing and Alliford Bay is provided by the Kwuna ferry. The ferry schedule is available on the BC Ferries website . There are also numerous vehicle rental companies on Island, and most communities have their own taxi services.
If these options don't work for you, try sticking out your thumb. Hitch hiking isn't uncommon here.
The Queen Charlotte Islands are the site of some excellent sport fishing opportunities. Salmon weighing over 50 lbs as well as halibut ranging to over 100 lbs are routinely caught. There are also many hiking trails throughout the Islands, with most being easily accessible. The Visitor Centres on Island have information and maps for such activities. Visitor Centres can be found in Sandspit, Queen Charlotte, & Masset.
Masset has few good places to eat and drink, although the most visited cafe in town is 'the ground'. located in central town. they provide a good coffee and a selection of organic baked goods.
A lot of great beaches, lakes, and camping grounds can be accessed via logging roads. As they are active, visitors are strongly recommended to check road access at a local visitor centre.