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Canada's Treasure Island: Haida Gwaii

See exclusive photos of our man's trip to this exotic island off the coast of Canada.
  • Haida Taxi - Getting around in Gwaii Haanas National Park almost always requires transport by paddle, zodiac, or floatplane.
  • Hotsprings Island - One of Haida Gwaii's most decadent pleasures involves soaking in the seaside natural spas at Hotsprings Island. Humpback and Minke whales cruise the Juan Perez sound beyond.
  • Untreated cedar doesn't last long on wet, windy Haida Gwaii. Mortuary poles are preserved but not restored, and are allowed to return to the earth naturally.
  • Potlatch circles around the pole helped indicate Haida family status and  wealth
  • Dungeness crabs cram every conceivable crevice on Haida Gwaii.
  • Sunset over the Cumshewa Inlet.
  • A cedar nurse stump sprouts new cedars.
  • One of Haida's famously large black bears sneaks off into the woods.
  • Miles of deserted East Beach in Naikoon -- nothing but open sea and driftwood (plus frequent seals and bald eagles).
  • Fast storms roll in on Sleeping Beauty's summit.
  • Sleeping Beauty's commanding views of Bear Sound and the islands below.
  • A view towards Haida Gwaii's rugged, impassable western side.
  • Kelp beds at low tide on Haida Gwaii.
Haida Taxi - Getting around in Gwaii Haanas National Park almost always requires transport by paddle, zodiac, or floatplane.
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Haida Taxi - Getting around in Gwaii Haanas National Park almost always requires transport by paddle, zodiac, or floatplane.

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