The Owners


James Cowpar

Avid outdoorsman, identical twin, I enjoy sharing my culture with guests from around the world. In continuing to learn, through reciprocity and the protocols that bind us, I have built my life around the principle of Yahguudang, respect for all living things. In welcoming you to our backyard, we seek to educate our guests on our way of life.

Shawn Cowpar

I am an outdoorsman and provider. Whether it is fishing or tour guiding around Haida Gwaii, I enjoy sharing my cultural experiences with others.


Our Team of Local Guides

Our guides are all local to Haida Gwaii. Each brings a different set of skills and experiences to our tours, providing an authentic experience for our guests. Some have up to 15 years experience with recreational and commercial fishing, while others have served as Watchmen and tour guides throughout Gwaii Haanas. On all our tours, Haida Style Expeditions ensures safety and wilderness requirements are met, including: MED A1, A2, A3, Wilderness First Aid, Radio Operator, Small Vessel Certification.


Nestaquana // Jags Brown

Storyteller & Photographer

I am an Eagle from the Juus Xaayda clan. My English name is Jags Brown. I am the owner of Jags Beanstalk, a bistro and guest house in the village of Skidegate.

I enjoy running, studying Haida History, photography and making coffee.

Jaylene Shelford

Youth  & Cultural Guide

Jaylene is a young singer, storyteller, and cultural guide from Haida Gwaii.

Cohen Isberg


As an interpreter and performer, I share the natural beauty and traditions that have taken place on the ancestral land of my people. I have the wonderful opportunity to invite our guests to join me and learn a Haida song and dance in the same villages that people have been singing in for thousands of years. I enjoy taking our guests through villages, teaching about the beautiful poles that have been standing for centuries As an interpreter with Haida Style Expeditions I share the unique and supernatural story of the dazzling islands at the edge of the world.


James Dean McGuire

 Cultural Guide

Musician/Dancer Extraordinaire

Skedans Clan

Nang Ḵ'uulas - Patrick Shannon

Cultural Guide

Nang Ḵ'uulas is a filmmaker, photographer, and storyteller from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.



Leonard Arens-Cultural Guide & Captain

Our Partners