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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Queen Charlotte Islands Map.png
Haida Gwaii Map; Gwaii Haanas is at the southern end
Location Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
Nearest city Sandspit
Area 1,470 km2 (570 sq mi)
Established 1988
Governing body Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area, and Haida Heritage Site, is in the southernmost Haida Gwaii (formerly known as Queen Charlotte Islands). It is often simply called as Gwaii Haanas (/ˌɡw ˈhɑːnəs/), It is 130 kilometres (81 miles) off the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Gwaii Haanas is an archipelago of 138 islands. "Gwaii Haanas" means "Islands of Beauty" in X̱aayda kíl. It is the language of the Haida people.

The Haida Heritage Site is part of the territory of the Haida people. They have lived in Haida Gwaii for at least 14,000 years.

In 2004, Parks Canada (on behalf of the Government of Canada) added the whole area of Gwaii Haanas to its tentative list of potential future World Heritage Sites, pending the approval of UNESCO.

  • "MacDonald, George F." Ninstints – Haida World Heritage Site. Vancouver: UBC Press. 1983

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