Coated by the splendor of large native trees; Western Red cedar, Nootka Cypress, Shore Pine, Western Hemlock, Mountain Hemlock and Red alder, Graham Island hosts some spectacular wilderness trails, park lands, and oceanfront walks leading directly out of the forest to the shore.
The area is a bird lovers paradise. A large percent of nesting seabirds live on Graham Island, which includes one third of British Columbia's peregrine falcon population. Several other birds and creatures live in this secluded wild terrain; bald eagles, black bears, deer and raccoon to name a few.
The Queen Charlotte Islands is host to other major marine and river activity. The major salmon runs each fall are popular among man, bear and eagle! The diverse inter-tidal critters, urchins, starfish, varieties of shellfish, and crab all collect turning the oceans turning. The abundant life here attracts other larger creatures; British Columbia's largest Stellar sea lion population, harbour seals, whales (hump-back and orca), dolphin, and porpoises.
There is a unique 'Sandspit', on Moresby Island, and the 'Old Masset', on Graham Island which connects these two main islands.
Air and ferry service to Graham Island can be accessed out of Prince Rupert on the mainland of British Columbia.
Highlights: Honna River - steelhead fishing, early spring & cutthroat trout fishing, summer and fall.
Tlell River - coho salmon, September and October & cutthroat trout, July and August. The river is also an original Haida fish camp.
Yakoun River - coho salmon, September & October and trout fishing year round.
Area Highlights of the Queen Charlotte's include;
Naikoon National Park - lines many of Graham Island's beaches
The wreck of the Pestula
Louise Island - Mathers Creek and Reef Island
Abandoned Haida grave sites and villages are visible around some of the islands, take caution, remove anything you bring with you (leave nothing), and respect the sites as they stand.
History: The Queen Charlotte's Islands and Graham Island have been home to the First Nation Coast Salish the Haida people for thousands of years. Their strong spirit, rich culture, carvings, and traditional ceremonies have remained an integral part of the island's existence.
Climate: Summer average 17 degrees Celsius
Winter average 4 degrees Celsius