Few changes at Gwaii Haanas

  • Jun. 3, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Despite a move to more commercialization at national parks across Canada, not much is going to change in Gwaii Haanas. National parks are soon to begin new projects such as building stores, selling merchandise including t-shirts and hats, and trading special experiences for large sums of money ($1,000 to fire a genuine cannon). The move comes after Parks Canada’s budget was cut about $30-million over three years. However, it’s not going to happen in Gwaii Haanas. “We rely on amazing and dedicated licensed tour operators and Haida Gwaii Watchmen to facilitate meaningful and enjoyable visits in Gwaii Haanas,” said Gwaii Haanas visitor experience manager Drue Kendrick. The only two new things coming are a diving charter company (this year and next) and Lindblad Expedition’s cruises, starting next May. “All licensed tour operators continue to follow Gwaii Haanas group size policies, which help maintain ecological integrity as well as a sense of wilderness and solitude for visitors,” Ms Kendrick said.