WHAT TO DO IN MASSET AND THE VICINITY
HERE IS A SAMPLE OF WHAT TO ENJOY.
(Duration excludes any commute time by car. All sites are in the vicinity of Masset unless otherwise noted.)
1. FREE - Beachcomb, crab or clam. Stroll and watch the evening sunset. Collect agate. Duration: Several days since there are so many wonderful beaches.
2. "FREE" - Driving your car along the miles and miles of Beach on the packed sand left by the receding tide and shells that are washed ashore. This is a passion for Masset residents on the weekend.
3. FREE - Short trail hikes.
4. FREE - Longer trail hikes.
5. FREE - Canoe use provided free to guests of "The Chinook" with a stay of 3 days or longer. Mayer Lake is a favorite for our family and is located off the YellowHead Highway. Great trout in this lake. Duration: One Day
6. FREE - Bicycle use also provided free to guests of "The Chinook". Tour along the waterfront nearby "The Chinook," leading to the Haida Village of Old Masset. Stop along the way for fresh Halibut Fish and Chips in a take-out eatery with picnic tables. Continue your trip with a stop at the Souvenir Shop on the Reserve. Pass by the Indian lodges and the home of Reg Davidson, Haida Artist and brother of famed Haida Artist, Robert Davidson. Duration: 3 Hours Return
7. FREE - Forestry Tour by Weyerhaeuser at Juskatla near Port Clements. Duration: One Day
8. FREE - Gray whale watching from land. Best spot is Rose Spit off North Beach. Gray whales are also seen near the museum at Skidegate. Seasonal - from late April into June.
9. FREE - Birdwatching at the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary and Masset Inlet. Our favorite birds are Eagles, Cormorants and Sandpipers. Don't forget to bring your Binoculars.
10. FREE - Enjoy a quieter moment at the Chinook Lodge which has loads of books and games to pass the time.
11. FREE - Pick your own Wild Mushrooms, Wild Strawberries or Salal. Seasonal throughout the year.
12. FREE - Hunt the black tail deer that overpopulate the Islands, since there are no predators to control their numbers. Seasonal. June 1 to February 28 for Bucks and October 4 to February 28 for antlerless deer. Maximum 15 per season. A hunting license is required.
13. FREE - Festivals and Fairs. Seasonal. Our favorite is the Tlell Fall Fair which is held the weekend for our statutory holiday, BC Day, the first Monday in August. Duration: ½ Day
14. UNDER $15 - Haida Gwaii Museum near the Haida Village at Skidegate. Duration: 1 Hour
15. UNDER $15 - Port Clements Museum that has the rare white raven. Duration: 1 Hour
16. UNDER $50 - Potlach with the Haida Indian Band in Skidegate. Seasonal - Tourist Season. Duration: 3 Hours
17. UNDER $100 - Try a Llama trek along North Beach. Duration: 2 Hours
18. UNDER $100/person -Kayaking for a ½ day up a river inlet leading into the ocean or the sea coast. We suggest the nearby community of Port Clements which is sheltered. Duration: One-half Day.
19. UNDER $300/person (based on minimum 2 or 3 guests) - Experience the worlds very best halibut and chinook or king salmon fishing in the world. Duration: One day to several days.
20. UNDER $1,000/person - Fly from Queen Charlotte City to near Ninstints, an abandoned Haida Village, with totem poles that were not carted away by the Museums at the turn of the Century. Ninstints is a world heritage Site. This is a Kodak moment. Duration: One Day
21. UNDER $1,500/person - Kayak to Ninstints in an escorted tour in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Tours depart from Queen Charlotte City. Look at the shells and sealife at Burnaby Narrows which is accessible only by Kayak. This is a Kodak moment. Duration: 6 Days
22. OTHER - Helicopter Tours
SEVERAL OF THESE ACTIVITIES COULD BE COMBINED IN A SINGLE DAY.