Haida Gwaii and the Coast Mountains

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada

Watch for British Columbia’s craggy, rain-forested 138-island archipelago, part of which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area—once known as the Queen Charlottes—lies along the Pacific Flyway, so look for seabirds and migratory species. On the mainland, the rugged Coast Mountains rear up, their fir-fletched slopes often wreathed in mist (these slopes number among North America’s rainiest places). They stretch from the Fraser River Lowland near Vancouver all the way to Alaska’s panhandle.

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