Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, British Columbia, Canada
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Among the cedar and spruce. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
Gwaii Haanas National Park is a pristine and unique protected area situated in the southern part of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, off the coast of British Columbia. The park was established in 1993 as part of an innovative and collaborative effort between the Government of Canada and the Haida Nation. This was the first region in Canada to be mutually managed by Indigenous and federal authorities. This national park is a rich tapestry of diverse ecosystems, from ancient temperate rainforests to rugged coastlines and lush marine environments. The temperate rainforests within the park feature towering western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees that have stood for centuries. The Haida people have lived here for thousands of years, and their culture, traditions, and beliefs are deeply intertwined with the natural environment.