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Masset /Old Masset, British Columbia

Masset is a village with 1,000 residents located on the northern coast of Graham Island, which is the largest of the islands that make up Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. Masset is about 100 kilometres north of the ferry dock at Skidegate.

Masset History

Archaeological evidence suggests that the Haida people have been living in the region for at least 12,500 years. The Haida were known for their seafaring skills and their intricate artwork, totem poles, and ceremonial masks. The Haida also had a sophisticated trading network that extended along the Pacific coast, allowing them to acquire goods from as far away as Alaska and California.

During the early 1900s, Masset grew rapidly with the fishing and logging industries. The village became the administrative center of the Haida Gwaii region and was home to a hospital, a courthouse, and other government buildings.

The fishing and logging industries began to decline in the late 1900s, forcing many residents to leave. Today, Masset has many working in the tourism industry.

Despite its small size, Masset has several historic sites and cultural attractions that reflect the village’s rich history. These include the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, which showcases the history and culture of the Haida people through exhibits, performances, and workshops. Other historic sites in Masset include the Old Massett Village Council Chambers, which is a designated heritage building, and the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a popular spot for birdwatching and hiking.

Masset Attractions

Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay

(250) 626-6056
1550 Beach Road, Masset, BC
Website 

This cultural center showcases the history and culture of the Haida people through exhibits, performances, and workshops. The center features exhibits, workshops, and live performances that highlight Haida culture and art. Visitors can also explore the center’s totem pole collection, which is one of the largest in the world.

Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum

(250) 626-3995
1300 Main Street, Masset, BC
Website 

This museum showcases the maritime history of the region, including displays of boats, fishing gear, and other artifacts. he museum features exhibits on the fishing industry, boat building, and navigation. Visitors can also see a collection of boats and artifacts from the region’s past

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

(250) 626-3954
1500 Church Street, Masset, BC.

This historic church dates back to 1898 and features beautiful stained glass windows and intricate woodwork.

Dixon Entrance Golf and Country Club

on Tow Hill Road, 5 kilometers east of Masset.
Website

The Dixon Entrance Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole course that is  run entirely by golf club volunteers.  The clubhouse is not staffed but is accessible from April 1 to October 15, from 8 am to 8 pm.

John Lalonde Roller Rink

Behind the Village Office on Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School

This covered area can be used for tennis, pickleball, roller hoc key and other events. Washroom facilities are attached.

Old Massett Village Council Chambers

(250) 626-5020
1390 Raven Avenue, Masset, BC.

This historic building served as the seat of government for the Haida people during the early 20th century and is now a designated heritage site.

Masset Inlet

Masset, BC.
(250) 626-7760

This scenic inlet is a popular spot for kayaking, boating, and wildlife viewing.

Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary

(250) 626-5217
3200 Delkatla Slough Road, Masset, BC
https://haidaheritagecentre.com/

This sanctuary is a popular spot for birdwatching and hiking, and features a network of trails through wetlands and forested areas. The sanctuary is home to a variety of birds, including sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles. Visitors can enjoy birdwatching, hiking, and kayaking in the area.

North Beach and Spit

About 15 km along the beach to Rose Spit

Allow for a long day if you want to make it all the way out and back. Another option is to ride mountain bikes or fat bikes (ten speeds won’t work). Ride along the road as far as you can, and leave your bike off the road. It is about an hour to walk to the start of the spit.   If using a vehicle (4×4 only) please stay on the posted route. The dunes are a fragile ecosystem.

Tow Hill

(250) 559-8316
Tow Hill Road, Masset, BC (about 26 kiiometres NE of Masset)
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Tow Hill, located in Naikoon Provincial Park, is a volcanic rock formation located on the northeast coast of Haida Gwaii. It’s a popular spot for hiking and sightseeing, with stunning views of the ocean and surrounding landscape. Take a boardwalk trail along the Hiellen River to the base of Tow Hill, with a connecting trail to the top. Access to the Cape Fife Trail also starts from the parking lot. You can also hike to the Hiellen Village Longhouses and totems.

Pure Lake Provincial Park

(250) 559-6344
19 kilometers south of Masset on Highway 16
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This small roadside park features a pristine lake surrounded by forested hills, and is a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Masset /Old Masset, British Columbia Area Map