Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) is an archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The islands are famous for the unique Haida culture and spectacular natural beauty. From moss covered old growth forests to desolate rocky spits. From soaring bald eagles to breaching killer whales, Haida Gwaii is one of the world’s less explored film locations.
Haida Gwaii is a short 2 hour flight from Vancouver, where all local gear and crew need to come from. Additional equipment would need to be hauled from Vancouver via land and sea. There is no direct land route so allow a couple of days for this.
Once in Haida Gwaii there is only one major paved road connecting Masset to Queen Charlotte. Travel to old Haida village sites and Gwaii Haanas is only possible by air and boat. Special permission is required to film in these areas. Distances between islands can be very long and travel is often weather dependant.
When To Shoot?
As with most islands Haida Gwaii is subject to temperamental weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and relatively mild temperatures are common throughout the year. June to September are the best months for warmer weather and long daylight hours.
There are few accommodation options able to house more than 12 people so book early for larger crews. Despite its considerable area, Haida Gwaii is home to less than 5000 people so some services are limited. There are several good restaurants to choose from and sample local delicacies such as smoked salmon, halibut and k’aaw.
Contact us if you are looking for a local Haida fixer for your project. We are also able to arrange British Columbia based shooting crew such as directors, DP’s, videographers, and photographers.