Masset, Graham Island, BC
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
The Old and New Masset Villages are located on the northern
end of Graham Island which is the largest island
in the Haida Gwaii Islands archipelago. Old
Masset Village is closer to Entry Point and Masset Harbour while
New Masset Village is further into Masset Sound near the marina
and the Delkatla
It is said that Masset Village,
in the early 1800's, was the first community to attract the European
pioneers. Many of which, soon settled, drawn to the village because
of the prime Halibut and Salmon fishing seasons.
Today, the commercial fishing industry is not nearly
as prevalent - giving way to a faster growing recreational fishing
industry which caters to the growing tourism crowd.
Masset, Queen Charlottes, is a
popular destination for people seeking wilderness adventures such
as beach combing , sports fishing, crabbing, bird watching, rock
hounds, wilderness camping, boating, photography, sight-seeing,
hiking, sea kayaking and golfing. A cultural experience is everywhere
you look including viewing Haida First Nation Totem Poles and
visiting art galleries.
The Village of Masset, British Columbia is divided into two communities - New and Old Masset. New Masset
is the hub of the area providing all of the community commercial
Old Masset Village is home to the many talented
and heralded Haida First Nation artists. Some, of which, can be
seen hard at work carving totem poles and canoes from their front
yards. Many have their art on display at the unique Art Gallery
in Old Masset and other far reaching worldly galleries.
North of Masset is the area of
the Tow Hill Ecological Reserve and the Naikoon
Provincial Park. A popular park area of Haida Gwaii
accessed by gravel roads.
Explore some of the Haida Gwaii Islands' largest
and most expansive, remote sandy beaches like North
Beach and East Beach. Or hike some of the island's rugged
hiking trails like Cape
Fife Trail and East
Bird Watchers arrive in Masset to view Blue Herons, loons, Bald Eagles, Canada Geese and others
at the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary while exploring the trails
leading to viewing platforms, sandy beaches and wetland bogs.
The community of Masset is one of the larger villages on Graham Island providing many of the main amenities and services of the region
including a gas station, a marina, a maritime museum, two grocery
stores, ATM machines, laundromat, post office, coffee shops, sports
fishing tours, art galleries, a wilderness supply store, pub and
a liquor store.
Exploring Masset, Haida Gwaii in BCeh!