With mossy, emerald forests, sapphire ocean waves and hilly, untouched islands, Haida Gwaii is easily one of the most incredible places to hike in Canada. Here are ten trails to trek on your next visit.

1. Cape Fife Trail

Naikoon Provincial Park

photoMurray Foubister Flickr by sa 2.0

Length: 10 km
Time: 5 - 8 hours
Elevation Gain: Minimal

Just because it’s flat doesn’t mean this trail is boring. The Cape Fife Trail is known to be muddy in sections, so lace up your hiking boots and be ready to get dirty!

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2. Pesuta Shipwreck Trail

Naikoon Provincial Park

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Length: 10 km (return)
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Elevation Gain: Minimal

Trek alongside the Tlell River until you find a lonely shipwreck. The Pesuta was a log ship that crashed here in 1928. It’s an eerie, beautiful sight. Don’t forget to check the tidal charts before setting off, as the Tlell River rises and falls with the ocean.

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3. Tow Hill Hike

Naikoon Provincial Park

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Length: approx. 10 km

Follow boardwalks to two lookouts offering gorgeous ocean views of North Beach. Don’t miss the “Blowhole,” a natural spout where water surges and sprays upwards.

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4. Sleeping Beauty Trail

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Time: 3 - 5 hours
Elevation Gain: approx. 700 m

Climb up the side of Sleeping Beauty’s nose for panoramic views of Yakoun Lake, Rennell Sound, Tow Hill and Masset. This trail is also known as the Tarundl Trail.

Read more: ehcanadatravel.com

5. Secret Cove Trail

Moresby Island

Length: 1 km
Time: 30 minutes roundtrip

This trail leads through old-growth forest to (you guessed it) a secret cove. Although the hike itself is short, you’ll want to allocate extra time to stay and enjoy the beach for awhile.

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6. Golden Spruce Trail

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Time: 20 minutes roundtrip
Elevation Gain: Minimal

This wheelchair-accessible gravel path uses interpretative signage to teach visitors about the significance of the Kiidk’yaas (Golden Spruce) to Haida culture.

Read more: gohaidagwaii.ca

7. Spirit Lake Trail

photoMurray Foubister Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Time: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain: Moderate

One of the most popular hiking trails near Skidegate, the Spirit Lake Trail is hard-packed, moss-covered and quiet. The Forest Walk and the Lake Connector Loop are found in the same trail system.

Read more: gohaidagwaii.ca

8. Onward Point Trail

Sandspit

Length: 0.4 km
Time: 30 minutes

Wind through the forest along this loop trail to a whale-watching platform. Bring binoculars and relax in the gazebo, watching for fins and splashes.

Read more: gohaidagwaii.ca

9. Mount Moresby

photoAlison Karlene Hodgins

Time: 8 - 10 hours
Elevation Gain: Strenuous

This is the highest summit on Haida Gwaii. The trail does not follow a formal route, so ensure you are well-prepared before attempting this hike. Look for cairns that mark the way and be wary of steep cliffs and drop-offs.

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10. East Beach Trail

Naikoon Provincial Park

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Length: 90 km
Time: Multi-day

Three major river crossings, dangerous tides and swamps make this epic trek a difficult but rewarding adventure. Shelters and campgrounds provide relief along the way, but only expert hikers with a good understanding of tidal times should attempt this trail.

Read more: env.gov.bc.ca  

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