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Skidegate Landing, British Columbia

Skidegate is a small community of 800 people and located on Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the coast of British Columbia. Skidegate is the ferry landing to & from Prince Rupert on the British Columbia mainland , and is the southern terminus of the Yellowhead Route #16 on Haida Gwai, which continues north to Masset.

Skidegate is   known for its traditional Haida art and carving, and for its beautiful location on the shores of Hecate Strait. The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay is a major tourist attraction and a center for Haida culture and education.

Skidegate History

The history of Skidegate is intertwined with the history of the Haida people, who have lived on Haida Gwaii for thousands of years. The Haida people have a rich and complex culture, with a long tradition of art, storytelling, and carving. They lived in longhouses, built of cedar planks, and had a complex social structure, with chiefs and sub-chiefs, and a strict system of inheritance (which in their culture is matrilineal, inherited from the mother).

In the early 1900s, the Haida people began to reclaim their culture and traditions, and Skidegate became a center for Haida art and carving. In the 1960s, a Haida cultural center was established in Skidegate, which helped to promote Haida culture and bring tourists to the area.

Skidegate Attractions

Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay

1550 Beach Road, Skidegate, BC V0T 1S1

The Haida Heritage Centre is a museum and cultural center dedicated to the art and history of the Haida people. Visitors can view traditional Haida art and carvings, learn about Haida history and culture, and participate in workshops and cultural events.

Balance Rock

Skidegate, BC V0T 1S1

Balance Rock is a unique geological formation located on the beach near Skidegate. The rock is a large boulder that appears to balance precariously on a smaller rock base. It’s a popular spot for taking photos and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

Skidegate Inlet

Skidegate, BC V0T 1S1

Skidegate Inlet is a beautiful body of water that offers opportunities for fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can rent boats or kayaks to explore the inlet, or simply enjoy the views from the shore.

SGaang Gwaii (Anthony Island)

SGaang Gwaii, Haida Gwaii, BC

SGaang Gwaii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located off the coast of Haida Gwaii. It’s an important cultural site for the Haida people, with numerous totem poles and other artifacts on display. Visitors can take a boat tour to the island to explore the site and learn about Haida history and culture.

Skidegate Landing, British Columbia Area Map (Haida Gwaii)