Visiting Hekate’s Retreat & Exploring Haida Gwaii

By Michaela Ludwig

If you’re looking for a getaway that can relax your mind and invigorate your soul, you’ll want to check out Hekate’s Retreat on Haida Gwaii.


Nicknamed Canada’s Galapagos, Haida Gwaii is the ancestral territory of the Haida Nation and encompasses 150 islands off British Columbia’s west coast. The islands offer incredible landscapes, wildlife and some of the most enriching heritage you’ll find anywhere in the world – in fact, there are over 500 archeological sites across Haida Gwaii.


Hekate’s Retreat is located on Moresby Island, within the Haida Gwaii archipelago, and sits just minutes from the K’il Kun Xidgwangs Daanaay airport. Haida Gwaii is a quick, 90-minute flight from Vancouver.



You’ll feel like you’ve ventured to the edge of the world when you step foot into Hekate’s Retreat, and there’s something for everyone to do while you’re here – from golfing to adventure excursions, or you can relax and take in the gorgeous views.



Hekate’s Retreat offers several accommodation options – the Fairway Cabins sleep two and offer a cozy, modern aesthetic; the Homestead House offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms, sleeping a total of eight people; the Beach House offers three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, sleeping six people; and there are also RVs available for rent, sleeping up to six people.

Fairway cabins.


Once you’re checked in and settled at the resort, you’ll have a chance to play at The Willows Golf Course, a links-style course similar to what’s offered in Scotland, with 18 tee boxes and nine holes. The course is 6,220 yards and the ocean views can’t be beat.

The Willows Golf Course.


Hekate’s Retreat has partnered with local businesses to offer guests a wide variety of excursions and new experiences, with Hekate’s Retreat serving as the base camp for your days away. The resort’s team members can help you create the right experience and make this trip one you won’t soon forget. For example, guests can go beachcombing, take the ferry to local communities for an afternoon of shopping, spend the day fishing or kayaking, explore the area on e-bike, go hiking or take a ferry to Graham Island and check out the Haida Gwaii Museum and Heritage Centre. Hekate’s Retreat is also located near Moresby Camp, the gateway to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. There are plenty of adventures waiting.

E-biking is a great way to tour the area.


While staying at Hekate’s Retreat, the Clubhouse Restaurant is available for dinners. There are also other restaurants and amenities in other communities that you could venture to during your travels. The houses and the RVs offer full kitchens and there’s a kitchenette in the Fairway Cabins.

The Clubhouse patio.

Haida Gwaii Pledge

Haida Gwaii is a true gem, brimming with life and culture. Guests are expected to respect the air, ocean, land and people here. Before visiting the area, check out – review the visitor orientation, sign the pledge sheet and contribute to the Haida Gwaii Stewardship Fund if you can. It’s important to remember that you’re a guest on these lands, and you should leave them in the pristine condition in which you found them.

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