We are the best! Islands, that is

  • Mar. 15, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Our islands are the best islands. That’s what Outside Magazine said, calling the islands a “wild heaven” and awarding Haida Gwaii the title in its 2013 Travel awards, printed in the American magazine’s April edition. Outside circulates about 600,000 copies a month, and is based in Santa Fe, new Mexico. “It’s great to have the islands receiving recognition for its unique characteristics and natural splendors,” said Andrew Merilees, Mayor of Masset and tour operator. The suggestion of Haida Gwaii for the award was pitched to Outside by Maple Leaf Adventures, whose tour is mentioned in the article. “We are convinced that Haida Gwaii in one of the world’s greatest places We are thrilled Outside thought so too,” said Kevin Smith president of Maple Leaf Adventures. The Misty Isles Economic Developement Society works closely with island tourism businesses and Northern BC Tourism to increase destination awareness for Haida Gwaii, said Heather Adel, MIEDS’s economic development officer, so she was pleased by the award. “Haida Gwaii being named Best Islands in Outside magazine draws attention to our amazing tourism products and services and helps to promote this first class destination worldwide,” she said.MThe runner up for the title was the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.