About Haida Style

In welcoming you to our backyard, we want to introduce you to our home. Haida Style Expeditions is a Haida Owned and Operated cultural adventure & fishing expeditions company on Haida Gwaii that shares our culture, stories, and history with you. In doing this, we seek to provide an authentic aboriginal experience.

We are Sk’aal Ts’iid (Flicker Bird - James Douglas Cowpar) and Kung X angajii (Moonshadow - William Shawn Cowpar), identical twin brothers and the owners of Haida Style Expeditions. Born into the Tsaahl Eagle Clan, we offer a combined 35 years in the tourism industry. Our backgrounds in commercial & recreational fishing, forestry, and community governance have shaped our belief in building a sustainable future on Haida Gwaii.

Living on Haida Gwaii requires a balance, a symbiotic relationship between human beings and the natural environment. In sharing our history and way of life, it is our hope that we continue to build on conversation and protect the natural world in trust for future generations.

Offering day tours through Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site has been a long-standing dream of ours, formed during years spent working in the region.

In 2000, after completing a diploma in Adventure Eco-Tourism/Small Business, we started off with a small fleet of kayaks. Over the course of the next 10 years we moved into the sport fishing industry. After years of educating the masses on Haida protocols on fishing, with scales growing behind the ears, we then made the jump into cultural eco-tourism and met the requirements as a registered guide operator with Gwaii Haanas.

In 2012, we expanded by purchasing a Titan 240Xl zodiac. After years of researching what would work best on our waters we decided on an open zodiac for cultural adventure tours. And so it began, in welcoming the world to our backyard, guests had the option to learn more about our beautiful island that we call home.

People are like trees, and groups of people are like the forests. While the forests are composed of many different kinds of trees, these trees intertwine their roots so strongly that it is impossible for the strongest winds which blow on out island to uproot the forest, for each tree strengthens its neighbour, and their roots are inextricably intertwined.

In the same way the people of our Islands, composed of members of nations and races from all over the world, are beginning to intertwine their roots so strongly that no troubles will affect them.

Just as one tree standing alone would soon be destroyed by the first strong wind which came along, so it is impossible for any person, any family, or any community to stand alone against the troubles of this world.
— Chief Skidegate - Lewis Collinson. March 1966.