February 05, 2019
Experience the Living Culture of the Haida
Within the boundaries of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Reserve and Haida Heritage Site remain the village of SGang Gwaay (once known by its English name "Ninstints").
What survives today is indeed remarkable; a long-uninhabited
19th-century Haida community where the ruins of longhouses and mortuary
poles strikingly illustrate the cultural tradition, mythology and art of
SGang Gwaay boasts the largest collection of Haida totem poles in their original
locations, many celebrated as highly regarded works of art.
UNESCO formally designated SGang Gwaay with World Heritage Status in 1981, recognizing the monumental carved cedar poles to be "among the finest examples of their type in the world". As per accepted Haida tradition,
they are being allowed to succumb to the natural decay caused by the Island's lush rainforest climate.
Located on Anthony Island, SGang Gwaay is extremely
remote, and access is only by water or aircraft from departure points in the northern part
of Haida Gwaii. Daily tourist numbers are carefully restricted to prevent damage caused by excessive foot traffic.
Tour SGang Gwaay with Ocean House
Ocean House is pleased to offer guests the opportunity to experience this extraordinary place as an optional package upgrade (fees apply).
The tour is a day-excursion which includes float plane airfare to Anthony Island, zodiac taxi service, guided interpretive tour, park entrance fees, lunch and more.
Be sure to request your SGang Gwaay tour package upgrade as early as possible. Availability is extremely limited and can only be booked in advance on select
trip dates. A four-person minimum required for reservations -
please contact us if you have a smaller party.