by Marci Nielsen
British Columbia is fast becoming a popular destination, not only for Canadians, but other international tourists as well. A local secret is also fast becoming more known in the world, the island chain of Haida Gwaii. Before you go on and book on the many Haida Gwaii hotels available, read on in this article and find out what activities are available on and around the archipelago.
Being a group of islands, Haida Gwaii will definitely best be able to serve up water activities of many sorts. The most popular and most well known of all the activities are the whale watching excursions and tours that are offered year round. Many come to the islands particularly for this especially scientists, students and the curious.
Whale watching has become its main earning attraction due to the fact that the area is considered the best in the world when it comes to watching and observing whale species such as the mighty orca, the humpback whale and the grey whale. Frequency per hour in terms of sightings will depend on season and month so it might be a good idea to research on when is the best time to go. By doing this you will definitely get more for your money.
Some land based activities can be had as well in the form of hiking and camping if one is so inclined. One can also enjoy quite a few kayaking areas and fishing spots as well. A popular habit in the islands is to bike around in the morning until afternoon, whereby the what hours are left in the day is spent just lazing around the beach until evening.
Learning about the local culture and history may be something that might want to do. The local people, known as the Haida, are very proud of their heritage and would be more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. You should read up before talking to them however, so as to avoid sensitive questions and moments.
When traveling to each of the islands, one will notice the prevalence of quite a few totem poles that look surprisingly Alaskan in their characteristics. This is not surprising as the Haida also do occupy large areas of Alaskan territory. Each of these totems are accorded much respect as they are recorded histories of people on the islands.
For those who really want to explore every nook and cranny of these islands, a four day minimum is needed. In those four days you will be able to visit all the local museums and communities. You will also be exposed to local arts and crafts and a way of making furniture using bent wood. This bent wood technique is widely used by many North American Indian peoples.
The most direct route to the island group is by a two hour flight from Toronto. You can also opt to take a more scenic route by boat or ferry which can take you about 8 hours. Either way, you will enjoy you vacation here. In looking for the best accommodation therefore, find one that can give you access to all the activities thus mentioned.About the author:
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