We’re miles ahead despite finishing third, says tourism association president

  • Aug. 10, 2007 4:00 p.m.

Andrew Merilees, President of the Haida Gwaii Tourism Association, is not surprised to hear that the islands were chosen as one of the top natural wonders of BC in a recent Vancouver Sun survey, even though the Islands placed only third, with Long Beach/Tofino first and the Rockies second. “Significantly fewer people visit Haida Gwaii compared to the other two areas,” said Mr. Merilees, “and the number of votes given to Haida Gwaii show we are actually miles ahead as the top Natural Wonder of BC.” In July, the Sun conducted a poll to find the Top 100 Natural Wonders of BC. More than 1000 readers voted online with 303 picking Haida Gwaii. Long Beach/Tofino had just 54 votes more, with 357 and the Rockies a scant 14 more at 317 votes. Dolomite Narrows in Gwaii Haanas had 3 votes, placing last and the Hecate Strait got 22 votes placing 87th. Back in June, the islands placed eighth in A CBC survey of the seven wonders of Canada.

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