Want to explore exotic islands?
Instead of the Galapagos, visit Haida Gwaii.
Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, this archipelago off the northernmost tip of the British Columbia coastline is world-renowned for its mystical beauty and rich, indigenous culture. Home to the Haida people for more than 13,000 years, and protected by designated Haida Watchmen who live there, the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site features a number of breathtaking village sites. Here you’ll find ancient totems, densely wooded forests shrouded in mist, and orcas swimming offshore. Although it’s possible to see the sights in a day, most day-trippers end up wishing they’d arranged a several-night stay with one of the local outfitters who will ferry you deep into the protected area in an inflatable outboard motor boat.