Haida Gwaii, ancestral home of the Haida First Nation, was once as inaccessible and mysterious as it was beautiful. The tight cluster of islands off British Columbia’s northwest coast remained virtually untouchable for millennia, allowing its people to develop a distinct and exceptional cultural identity that was known and revered across the region. Today, Haida Gwaii—a name that means “islands of the people” in the Haida language—has piqued the interest of world travellers. Its magnificent beaches, unique flora and fauna, and world heritage sites have earned international acclaim. Gwaii Haanas National Park in the southern region of the archipelago was named “Best National Park in North America” by National Geographic Traveler.
In Haida Gwaii: Islands of the People, the newly updated edition of his bestselling guidebook, Dennis Horwood applies his in-depth knowledge of the islands’ geography, social history, and natural and cultural attractions to equip travellers with everything they need to know about visiting these glorious gems of the Pacific. This indispensible guide includes maps, regional histories, accommodation listings, sample itineraries, wildlife descriptions, recreation tips, and sixteen pages of colour photos.
About the author
Dennis Horwood has always had a passion for the outdoors and all things wild and wonderful. He spent several years working for Parks Canada and BC Parks before moving to Kitimat, where he worked in the public school system for over thirty years, specializing in science. In his spare time, he motorsails throughout the Douglas Channel and northern marine waterways and writes a natural history column for his local newspaper. He is a member of the Kitimat Valley Naturalist Club and active with the World Wildlife Fund.
"Dennis Horwood provides an organized, helpful, and enjoyable account . . . Maps, botanical drawings, directions, accommodations details, and a whole slew of photographs accompany Horwood's friendly and information-packed narratives." —Molly Clarkson, BC Studies