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2018 Gwaii Haanas Orientation Sessions Announced by Parks Canada

Jennifer Handley

February 22nd, 2018

Anna Maria Husband, Visitor Services Team Leader, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site is pleased to announce that Parks Canada has again scheduled orientation sessions in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

This one-hour orientation session is mandatory before you can visit this amazingly beautiful area of British Columbia.  Parks Canada recognizes that the travel plans of most boaters involve crossing the South Hecate and entering Gwaii Haanas from the southern tip, which makes attending an information session in Skidegate awkward and/or problematic.  Attending an orientation session in southern BC will allow you to enter the area by boat, directly from the Mainland Coast after you have made your reservations, thus making passage to the area far more convenient.

Signage is intentionally minimized in Gwaii Haanas to protect the wilderness experience, which is one of the reasons why all visitors are required to attend a pre-trip orientation. The presentation reviews current safety information and traveler protocols, and discusses appropriate conduct while visiting Gwaii Haanas to ensure that the area, as well as the experience of other visitors, is protected. It is also an opportunity for visitors to ask questions about their upcoming trip and ensure that they have the information that they need.  It is a legal requirement for all visitors to attend the orientation annually.

These are the dates for the Lower Mainland and VI orientations in 2018:

  • Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM – Vancouver Public Library (Library Square) 350 West Georgia St
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 PM – Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, 9811 Sea Port Place, Sidney

The Orientation is FREE of charge, so even if you are just thinking about going to Gwaii Haanas this year or would like to learn more, please come and find out what’s involved in visiting this part of the world. Regardless, you will be glad you did. No reservations are required.  However, cruisers who have made their reservation to visit Gwaii Haanas prior to these orientations will be able to pick up their trip permits at the end of the sessions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anna Maria directly; she will be pleased to assist.

Sgan Gwaay Village (© Parks Canada/Maggie Stronge); Tufted Puffin (© Parks Canada/Carey Bergman); Mount Yatza (© Parks Canada/Charlotte Houston); Humpback (© Parks Canada/Daniel McNeill)


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