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Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia

By KC Beam

The Village of Queen Charlotte City is located community at the south end of Graham Island in Bearskin Bay. Sleeping Beauty Mountain rises up behind it. The town is the administrative centre for the Queen Charlotte Islands and has more has shops and services than its small size would suggest.

Queen Charlotte City has no fast food restaurants; no cell phone service and that contributes to a peaceful escape in and of it selves. You’ll feel more peaceful and re-energized the longer you stay.

Most people visit to witness for themselves the natural beauty and the rich Haida culture that flourishes here. Another popular adventures in town is the salmon charters, halibut fishing, steelhead and trout river fishing.

The area is often referred to as the Galapagos of BC, the Islands are a rainforest of natural beauty and wildlife. Haida and settler cultures have added to the diversity found here. And mother natural is responsible for the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife.

The Queen Charlotte Mountain Ranges provides a backdrop for the Island communities and a haven for hikers of all levels. The Charlotte Lowlands and Skidegate Plateau encompass everything from muskeg to marshes to soft hills. There are many less tiring paths, available for hikers, bikers, birders, fishermen, hunters and nature lovers or if you are up to it you may test yourself climbing Sleeping Beauty for a 360 degree view of Skidegate Inlet to the west coast.

This area is a community of fishing and logging industries, but it also offers a wide range of services to the visitor. The town offers the island’s hospital, library, police station, unique gift shops, gas stations, accommodations, a grocery store, ATM and laundromat.

Plus there is an array of recreational activities including fishing; kayaking, floatplane trips, beachcombing and diving are all spectacular. Whale watching is outstanding. Other activities include wilderness camping, boating, off roading, hiking, bird watching, wildlife tours and Haida First Nation cultural interpretive tours.

Haida history and culture can be experienced first hand in the remote Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. The Haida have been in this area for 1000s and 1000s of years. Take a guided tour of Gwaii Haanas and you will come across abandoned Haida villages and very old, weathered totem poles. Among the most notable of these sites is SGang Gwaay on Anthony Island, home of what is considered to be the most impressive collection of standing Haida mortuary poles any where. This wonderful village was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

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Beam, KC "Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia." Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. 27 Jun. 2010. 30 Sep 2014 <>.

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