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A wonderful spiritual experience

Its a privilege to visit this location. Nestled in a cove, loaded with millennia of history. Watchmen/guides with great depth of knowledge. I felt that here, rather than in... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
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Port Townsend, Washington
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Port Townsend, Washington
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Its a privilege to visit this location. Nestled in a cove, loaded with millennia of history. Watchmen/guides with great depth of knowledge. I felt that here, rather than in any traditional museum, I could find some understanding and enormous respect for the indigenous culture.

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

The guardians were great, very informative about the Haida culture, and the history of the islands. It was a highlight of our trip to Haida Gwaii.

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Thank Margaret D
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

The Watchmen program really made this tour come to life. With a strong grasp of their cultural heritage, the Watchmen (and women) bring these relics to life and help one to make sense of the symbolism of these poles and all Haida poles.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Getting to SG is challenging but fun. For us it was an hour flight in a Beaver aircraft followed by 29 minutes in a zodiac. SG is a Haida village that was vacated after small pox decimated the population in the 1860's. Today Haida Watchmen guard the site and act as tour guides. No more than a dozen visitors at... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We visited as a part of a week long kayaking trip and paddled into a bay. It was a short walk to the building where you get a guide to bring you through the old village. You get a small group of maybe 10 or 12 people in each group and as the watchman tells history and stories about the... More 

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Beaverton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

To be out in such vast, rugged wilderness, to walk near such an interesting part of history, to learn of the peoples that inhabited those lands, to see their original Mortuary Poles...well, it is something to behold! Accessible by boat or seaplane only! If you love the wild outdoors, find a way to get there, ideally as part of a... More 

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Iowa City, IA, USA
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

I visited Ninstints as a part of a 7 day tour of Haida Gwaii and found it absolutely fascinating. You are greeted by the old mortuary totems and met by one of the Haida guides known as Watchman who are extremely knowledgable about the area. Only 12 people at a time are allowed on the island so it really becomes... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 8 October 2014

The four of us chartered a plane to get to SGaang Gwaii -- a one hour flight with Inland Air and then a half hour on a zodiac -- and, with the pilot and boatman, were the only people being shown around by the Watchman. The site is beautiful and feels quite mystic. The information about the history and culture... More 

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BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This is a MUST when visiting Haida Gwaii. The ancient village is hauntingly beautiful. The Watchmen providing the tour are incredibly informative and kind (they can be in the village for month's on end, so bring them treats!). I recommend jumping on a charter with Haida Expeditions (also for fishing) as they are experienced, local Haida guys who deliver a... More 

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

So many people visit Haida Gwaii and miss going to Ninstints as it is at the far end of the park...the trip to Ninstints takes a few days but is breathtakingly beautiful. My husband and I went there about 3 years ago and it remains as one of our most treasured vacations. The totems are left in all their glory... More 

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