Friday, July 26, 2013

Haida Gwaii part 1

We took the ferry from Prince Rupert to Skidegate, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte islands). It's about a 7 hour trip with much of it across open water with no land in site. We didn't luck out with any orca or whale sightings unfortunately. But we had a nice calm crossing, and it gave me time to process some of the photos I've been taking.

We booked at the Sea Raven Motel in Queen Charlotte City for the first night since we arrived fairly late and weren't sure what the weather would be like for camping. It turned out to be a good choice because one of the few decent restaurants, the Ocean View, was right next door.

The next morning we discovered Jag's Beanstalk on the outskirts of Skidegate. Definitely recommended - good coffee, baking, breakfasts, and ocean views. (They also have rooms for rent.)

The Haida Heritage Center is another recommended stop - nice museum and nice totem poles.

In the afternoon we rented kayaks and went for a paddle. It was a bit rough so we got a workout, but it was great to get out on the water. We had a little trouble finding someone to rent from. We ended up at Queen Charlotte Adventures.

The next night we spent beside the beach at the Queen Charlotte City campground (small, but nice).

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totem poles

See also: other posts and the collection of photos from this trip.

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