Gwaii Haanas (officially Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site) encompasses the lower Haida Gwaii archipelago. This enchanting and expansive place lives up to its mythical reputation. Opportunities abound for visitors to witness wildlife, explore Haida cultural sites, marvel at intertidal life, experience the quiet of a rainforest, and watch the sunrise cast the Hecate Strait in magenta hues. Associate Editor Shanna Baker visited Gwaii Haanas on a trip with Ocean Light II Adventures. Her article “Islands of beauty” and photographs appear in the Summer 2014 issue. Here, we share more images from the adventure.

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An aerial view on the approach to Gwaii Haanas

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An aerial view on the approach to Gwaii Haanas

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Rose Harbour at dawn

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Rick Albert of Vancouver composes a photograph of the poles at SGang Gwaay

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The Ocean Light II at sail

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Memorial pole at SGang Gwaay

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Steller sea lions in southern Gwaii Haanas park reserve

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Old growth forest in Gwaii Haanas park reserve

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Exploring Burnaby (Dolomite) Narrows

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Island Bay on a foggy morning

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Colourful foliage in Gwaii Haanas

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Sunrise in Gwaii Haanas park reserve

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Jenn Broom cooks salmon and bannock on a beach

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View from the Skedans Islands

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Haida Gwaii Watchman Shyla Cross at Skedans

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The Ocean Light II at sunset

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Hoisting the mainsail

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Swimming at the base of a waterfall in Gwaii Haanas

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The Ocean Light II anchored in a calm bay

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Haida Gwaii Watchman "Duck Soup" telling stories at T'aanuu Llnagaay

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A visitor admires the towering totems of SGang Gwaay

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