What to Expect
Haida Gwaii, and the communities of Daajing Giids and Skidegate, are small. Please be aware that as guests and tourists in the area, our presence in larger groups will impact restaurants and amenities that the community accesses regularly. Patience, kindness, and some good humour will be needed so that we are good guests and leave a positive impression!
The ferry service from Prince Rupert does cause some congestion in popular places like JAGS Coffee Shop on the mornings it arrives. Note that you can also get coffee at Causeway Convenience Store in Daajing Giids, as well as snacks and lunch options, should you wish to purchase anything in addition to the gatherings’ catered options. The Haida Gwaii Co-op Skidegate Food Store and the City Centre Stores Ltd grocery in Daajing Giids are the closest grocery stores to the gathering location, and are only open until about 6pm.
There are a handful of nearby restaurants but think ahead about their limited capacity and hours – larger groups will be harder to accommodate. We recommend calling ahead to make a reservation or ask about capacity – this will be helpful to them and you! You can find local options using the Go Haida Gwaii Food and Drink page and filtering by the community you are staying in. Be sure to check the schedule to know what meals are on your own!
There is a pharmacy at the Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre – Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay in Daajing Giids, and another pharmacy at Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre in Masset. Please ensure that if you require medications regularly, you have enough to last through your stay in Haida Gwaii, plus some extra if you don’t make it home on time! Both hospitals are small, with 8 acute care beds in Daajing Giids and 4 in Masset. Emergency services are available, and will be notified of our gathering. There is a heli-pad for emergencies that require intensive medical assistance off-island.
Please note that the cell service depicted on this map is generous depending on your cell service provider. Driving distances are listed and it helps give visitors a sense of direction and scale.
BCMA has secured a shuttle bus which will provide pickup and dropoff on the days of the gathering (think school bus route every morning and evening – we will have so much fun!); a full list of pickup locations is coming soon. Rental cars will not be necessary for gathering-related events except if you are staying at a very remote accommodation. Rental cars should not be driven on logging roads or beaches. Please abide by the rules and avoid gravel roads and beaches with any vehicles you rent, should you decide to do so. It could limit your sightseeing options, so consult the map to learn more about the roads on Haida Gwaii and where they lead.
Grocery stores and gas stations have limited hours and are full-service. Please plan ahead if you require services and do not leave things to the last moment. Despite what Google Maps tells you, Sherris Gas and Grill is no longer operational, but we heard it had the best fish soup!
Gas in Masset: TLC Automotive Svc Ltd.
Gas in Skidegate: Taaw Naay Gas Station