Canada’s Hawaii: Haida Gwaii
I’d always been intrigued by Haida Gwaii, back to when I was in elementary school, when it was called the “Queen Charlotte Islands." Tucked about 130 km off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the archipelago is sometimes referred to as “Hawaii Gwaii” or the "Galapagos of Canada” because of its vast coastlines and abundant wildlife.
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“What’s that funny smell?” My son Finn asks as we sit down at the pottery wheel for a clay experience. “Know what that smell is? It’s Medicine Hat,” says Aaron Nelson, Medalta’s associate director.
Literally, nowhere else offers a showcase of skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and other outdoor recreation liberally blended with wineries of the Okanagan. This is apres-ski taken to new heights.
The International Ice Carving Competition kicks off the festival, as 10 teams of ice carvers create icy masterpieces. For the 10 festival days expect lots of outdoor fun. There will be ice and snow exhibits, an interactive children's play area, the famous giant ice slide and much more.
Medicine Hat's Tongue on the Post Festival is Alberta's winter folk festival held at Medalta Potteries and other venues around the city.
Canada's Hawaii: Haida Gwaii
The Haida have called Haida Gwaii home for more than 12,000 yearsFind out more