Over the course of my life I have visited and lived across a large section of Canada, from Montreal to Inuvik. In that time I have encountered much of Canada's natural beauty and yet there was still one magical place that had always been on my to-do list: Haida Gwaii. I had first heard of the archipelago, located off the northern coast of British Columbia, in my youth when it was featured on a televised nature program. Then known as the Queen Charlotte Islands the TV program enchanted me with images of breathtaking natural beauty unmarred by human hands as well as the unique Indigenous culture that had lived there for thousands of years. I vowed to one day visit the islands and experience it all for myself.

In 2017, after spending over two decades trying to find my place in a big city out in eastern Canada, I had enough. I felt the need to return to a more simpler way of life, to reconnect with the nature, somewhere out there in this vast country called Canada. In 2018 I found myself back in BC and by end year I decided that if there ever was going to be an opportunity to go to Haida Gwaii it would be now. So I began making plans and set my arrival for the spring of 2019.

Hello Haida Gwaii is first a personal journey of discover, shared publicly through this blog as well as photos and video through various social media. It is here I hope to share my explorations and experiences of all that is Haida Gwaii. An ongoing documentary if you will. Beyond that I hope to offer insights and observations which I think you'll find valuable if you ever decide to visit Haida Gwaii yourself or are merely curious to know more about the islands and its inhabitants. Feel free to follow me on my journey. Thanks for visiting!

 

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

-Nora Roberts

Eliah Holiday

Writer, Photographer, Videographer and Adventurer.