Another ten minutes south will bring you to Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte. The modern village spreads across three Haida village sites, with Daajing Giids towards its eastern downtown centre, Kwahgawgid Llnagaay farther up-inlet, and Xaana at its western extremity. Daajing Giids is just one of the dozens of village sites that proliferated in the rich and protected waters of Xaana Kaahlii GawGaay Skidegate Inlet.

You can explore the many islands, coves, rivers and narrows by hiring charters based out of the harbour at Kyahjuu GawGa Queen Charlotte Harbour or the boat launch at Chaana GangGaaw Gandlaay Muncord Creek. You can get on the water in kayaks or powerboats. Floatplanes fly also out of Kyahjuu GawGa should you prefer to skip the waves and get to your destination by air. In Daajing Giids you will find a visitorís centre, grocery store, restaurants, accommodations, camping, laundry, public library, post office, corner store, repair shop, gas station and credit union.

To the village's eastern end, hikers can access Regier Lake Trail via Forestry Hill. The trail leads you up the slopes behind Daajing Giids to Regier Lake. A little farther west NansGa Gandlaay K'yuu Gore Brook Trail covers easier ground, looping behind the village. You will find a trailhead at the top of 8th Street. The trail exits behind "the Fishbowl", a cul-de-sac a little farther west. You can also walk through old-growth forests at Kaahlgwa Gandlaay K'yuu Crabapple Creek Trail. While exploring forests behind Daajing Giids, be certain to watch for trail markers carefully. A whole network of "backyard trails" can lead the unfamiliar astray.

Campsites are available at the western end of town at Hayden Turner CampGround and Kagan Bay Recreational Site. At the end of the gravel road, called Honna Road, you can launch boats on the north shore of Tlílnaa Stlílng, the eastern end of TllGaduu GawGa Kagan Bay. While visitors sometimes decide to camp there, you should be aware that residents often use the area for late-night fires and to sight rifles in.

Backroads and Queen Charlotte Mainline

Towards the western end of Daajing Giids you can turn north to drive the Queen Charlotte Mainline, which leads to Yaagun Yakoun Lake and Chaahluu Kaahlii Rennell Sound. QC Main will lead you into a network of logging roads that are variously maintained. These are working logging roads. Visitors should bring a trusty map, a properly tuned VHF radio and some good sense.

Don't Miss

Stop in at the Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre for expert advice, gifts, and see the interpretive saltwater aquarium.

Walk the trails around the waterfront.

Stop by Green Coast Kayaking for water and bike rentals or take a guided tour.

Check out the funky stores and cafes and restaurants on Wharf Walk.

Hike the NansGa†Gandlaay K'yuu Gore Brook Trail and if you're feeling fit and adventurous, try the excellent Kuu Jad TlldaGaaw K'yuu Sleeping Beauty Trail. Always make sure to let someone know where you are going and be fully prepared for all aspects of backcountry hiking.