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 decided to again offer its orientation sessions in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island this year. They recognizes that the travel plans of many boaters involve crossing the South Hecate and entering Gwaii Haanas from the southern tip.
This one-hour orientation session is mandatory before you can visit this amazingly beautiful area of the Coast. Normally presented in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii, this opportunity 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. Instead of signage, Gwaii Haanas requires that all visitors participate in a pre-trip orientation. The orientation reviews current safety information and traveler protocols. It 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:
- Sat April 2, 2016, 2:00PM – West Vancouver Memorial Library
- Tues April 12, 2016, 7:00PM – Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney
- Sun April 10, 2016, 2:00PM – Ft Langley National Historic Site Theatre
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.
For more information on visiting Gwaii Haanas, please download the 2016 Gwaii Haanas Trip Planner which can be found online on the right-hand side, under “Features and Highlights”, “Plan your Visit”.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anna Maria directly; she will be happy to assist.