Celebrate Your Hunger

Find the Food

Haida Gwaii offers the most interactive wild food harvesting you can experience. Whether you are exploring with a guide or solo, taste the extraordinary flavour of salmon or chanterelles you have wrangled from the wild.

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Get to know the grocers

Go into the places locals are familiar with. Visit hot-spots for cottage bakers and farmers that open the mind into what being a local is all about. (See what's upstairs in the attic!)

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Go off the beaten track

Experience the Northwest at its finest by dining in Haida style at Keewaliis' Kitchen in Skidegate. If you are very lucky, you may even get invited to race a war canoe at Skidegate Days

See what the locals do

Okay, so once you successfully raced that razor clam to the bottom, how do you cook it? Susan Musgrave's is the newest addition to a group of wild food foragers' anecdotes and recipes.

Some of the places that specialize in local fare

There is is a Haida saying that when the tide is out the table is set. These islands are known for the abundance of wild food provided by land and sea, and you are welcome to take what you need to eat every day. But watch for shellfish toxin warnings.
Please be sure to purchase a salt or fresh water fishing license from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans if you do engage in harvesting marine life. You can also find out about identifying your catch at the same BC Sport Fishing page.

Some of the specialized local fare

Savour the Haida experience of your life

GROCERIES

North to South

Masset

Masset
Hours

Masset
Supermarket

Masset
Ethically sourced coffee beans
250-626-8971
Masset
Details

Farmers’ markets produce
Main Street
May thru Sept
Fri 11:00 – :200

Old Masset / Gaw
Some convenience snacks

Port Clements / Gamadiis
Supermarket
In store bakery
Bulk foods
Liquor store

Port Clements / Gamadiis
Some convenience snacks

Tlell
Local produce in season
Local crafts
Bakery

Skidegate / HlGaagilda
Supermarket
Reverse osmosis water

Skidegate / HlGaagilda
Department Store
Shelf-stable staples

Skidegate / HlGaagilda
Gas bar and convenience snacks

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
Fresh frozen wild seafood
250-559-4784
101 Causeway,  QC

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
Hours

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
Seasonal farm produce
Local meats
Specialty pizzas
Open 365 days, 7 – 11

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
Supermarket
Produce delivery Mondays

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
Also head shop

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
organic produce and meats
local, artisan breads

Organic seasonal produce
Arrange for boxed delivery at Farmers’ market

 

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giiids
Mushrooms bought and sold
Seaweed drying plant

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids
Convenience snacks

Sandspit / K’il Kun
Specialty foods, wild edibles
250-637-2231
375 Beach Road
Details

Sandspit / K’il Kun
Supermarket, liquor store
343 Alliford Bay Road
250-637-2249

Sandspit / K’il Kun
Local produce, agriculture
250-637-5461
406 Copper Bay Road
11:00 – 1:00
most Sundays in summer

RESTAURANTS

North to South

Masset / Gaw
Dining Room ,
private liquor store
250-626-3210
1993 Collison Ave.
Details

Local meats, seasonal produce

Masset / Gaw
Breakfast and lunch cafe
250-626-9344
Open 7:00 AM

Masset / Gaw
Mobile eatery

 

Masset / Gaw
Mobile eatery

Masset / Gaw

Masset / Gaw

Masset / Gaw

Old Masset / Gaw

Tow Hill Road

Port Clements / Gamadiis
Mobile eatery

Port Clements / Gamadiis
Gas bar and grill

Tlell / Tl.aal
Fine cuisine and catering

Tlell / Tl.aal
Bistro

Skidegate / HlGaagilda
Haida home cuisine

Skidegate / HlGaagilda
Bistro

604-762-5742
Tue – Sun 4:00 PM to closing
Details

Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids

Gourmet dining in private home
Details

 

Cafe, catering, bulk purchasing
text 778-260-1145
Details

text 778-260-1145
Details

Accordion Content

Restaurant
Also features Local Leaf pot products

Chinese and Canadian menu
778-260-0961
Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 11am to 9 pm
Closed Wednesday
Sat and Sun 9am-9pm
Details

Breakfast and lunch

Sushi, sashimi, tempura, sake
250-559-8855
127 Oceanview Drive, QC
Details

Food truck featuring shish kakbobs
250-559-4543
Hecate Inn, 321 Oceanview Dr., QC

Sandspit
Cafe
Cantonese and Candadian

Airport Bistro

BOOKS AND ARTICLES

Mostly Online

Springbank clover
Silverweed
Full-text, open source
in Island Nature

Licorice fern
Full text, open-source
in Island Nature

Cloudberry
Full text, open source
Photos
in Island Nature

Online Recipe
Salal berry & rosemary jelly
Cavewoman Cafe

Online recipe
Seaweed sprinkles
Cavewoman Cafe

 

Online cooking advice
Chanterelle mushrooms
RealTree Presents Timber 2 Table

Full-text, open source
By well-known scholar Nancy J. Turner
pp.32-33
Table of traditional foods

Online article
Historical information
BC Food History

Online Database
Free, but requires registration
iNaturalist

These books are available at some local branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. If you are resident of BC, you can register as a BC One Library Member, and borrow the books for 3 weeks. If not, you can drop in and browse their contents, and photocopy up to 10 % if you need to take some printed words away. Isabel Creek Second Story Books, and the Queen Charlotte / Daajing Giids Visitor Centre may have copies for sale.

Musgrave, Susan.  A taste of Haida Gwaii:Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World, 2015.

Turner, Nancy J. Plants of Haida Gwaii, 2004.