Haida Heritage Centre (Kay Llnagaay)

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The Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay is a place where Haida and non-Haida alike can gather together to learn about and celebrate Haida art, culture, customs, traditions and history. The Haida Heritage Centre is comprised of the Haida Gwaii Museum with both permanent exhibits and temporary exhibition space, a museum gift shop, a performance house for hosting concerts and gatherings, the canoe house, the Bill Reid Teaching Centre, a carving house and the Ḵay Bistro.

Visitors to the Haida Heritage Centre are able to sample the Haida culture through a variety of mediums, including static and interactive displays, live performances, educational programs and Haida art. Guests can browse the displays in the Haida Gwaii Museum or watch an artist at work in the Carving House. Guests can also take in a production in the Performance House, sit in on a lecture or participate in a class in the Bill Reid Teaching Centre and wrap up their visit with a coffee or bite to eat at the Ḵay Bistro. The Haida Heritage Centre is owned and operated by the Skidegate Band Council and is a reflection of the proud legacy and history of the Haida people.

The Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay is the recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Meet the Haida Heritage Centre Management Team

Meet the Haida Heritage Centre Management Team

For years, members of the Skidegate Haida community dreamed of a place where all people would be able to come and learn about Haida culture. The dream became a reality in 2007 when the Skidegate Band Council opened the Haida Heritage Centre. The expansive facility houses a museum, longhouse-style performance amphitheatre, a carving house, a teaching centre and a cafe with a spectacular ocean view. The entire staff of the Haida Heritage Centre and the Skidegate Band Council is proud of the stunning facility and the opportunity it has given them to share their culture with the world.

The Haida Heritage Centre is open year round. Its management is overseen by Gwaalagaa Naay Corporation staff members and a small support staff, which includes several high school and university students during the summer months. Summer is always the centre's busiest time, and one of its highlights is always the Ḵay Anniversary celebration in mid-August. It is a day of festivities which includes a parade, Haida games and contests, traditional dancing, and demonstrations and exhibitions of all kinds.

#2 Second Beach Rd
Skidegate, BC V0T 1S1


Monday to Wednesday & Friday to Saturday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

July to August
Sunday to Wednesday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

September to May
Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00

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