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SGaang Gwaii (Ninstints or Nan Sdins)

| Anthony Island, British Columbia, Canada
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Vancouver, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The four of us chartered a plane to get to SGaang Gwaii -- a one hour flight with Inland Air and then a half hour on a zodiac -- and, with the pilot and boatman, were the only people being shown around by the Watchman. The site is beautiful and feels quite mystic. The information about the history and culture... More

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BC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a MUST when visiting Haida Gwaii. The ancient village is hauntingly beautiful. The Watchmen providing the tour are incredibly informative and kind (they can be in the village for month's on end, so bring them treats!). I recommend jumping on a charter with Haida Expeditions (also for fishing) as they are experienced, local Haida guys who deliver a... More

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international
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134 reviews 134 reviews
22 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

So many people visit Haida Gwaii and miss going to Ninstints as it is at the far end of the park...the trip to Ninstints takes a few days but is breathtakingly beautiful. My husband and I went there about 3 years ago and it remains as one of our most treasured vacations. The totems are left in all their glory... More

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Baltimore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is much more than just a great place to camp and kayak, and view spectacular nature! We did lots of reading in preparation for our visit, but we were still overwhelmed by the quiet majesty of the place and its central role in the history of the Haida! It's not terribly easy to get to, but do your homework,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We were told by one of the watchmen that this will be the last year the poles will be 'maintained'. The poles are supposed to fall back to earth naturally. We will not be able to see standing poles in the future.

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Comox, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

A group of us just returned from paddling in Gwaii Haanas National Park for 14 days. Due to paddling skills and the weather we opted to take a Zodiac water taxi from our camp site on Ross Island (near Rose Harbour) with Patrick Lemaire to SGaang Gwaii. Patrick has been living in Rose Harbour for a couple of decades now... More

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North Vancouver
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We visited with a group from the UBC Museum of Anthropology. As much as I many have known about the site before I visited, it in no way compares with actually standing there on the beach looking at the remains of a village that existed there for eons before smallpox decimated the population. Close your eyes, listen to the sound... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Our visit to Ninstints was the highlight of the overall trip to Haida Gwaii. It is a magical, spiritual place, where the mortuary poles brood over the island and wind and waves dominate the landscape. Our Watchman, Paul, gave a fascinating tour, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We learned so much about the impressive, artistic culture of the... More

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Nasilava, Belarus
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113 reviews 113 reviews
34 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

I visited this place when I was volunteering on the islands in Queen Charlotte city. This is one of the places why the tourists want to visit the islands. The ancient poles are the representation of the Haida culture. I was lucky to join two of the tours at the site. I want to say that much of the experience... More

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Edmonton
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

We paddled sea kayaks over to the island and walked through the cathedral of old growth forest; green, still and awe inspiring. After wandering through this mystical place, we emerged into sunlight and aging totem poles, sagging and leaning their weathered bodies. It was magical and emotional and it felt like we were in a moment of perfection. Highly recommended... More

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