Skidegate

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Skidegate
Hlg̱aagilda
Indian Reserve
View of the Kay Llnagaay beach in Skidegate.
View of the Kay Llnagaay beach in Skidegate.
Skidegate is located in British Columbia
Skidegate
Location of Skidegate in Haida Gwaii
Coordinates: 53°16′02″N 131°59′26″W / 53.26722°N 131.99056°W / 53.26722; -131.99056Coordinates: 53°16′02″N 131°59′26″W / 53.26722°N 131.99056°W / 53.26722; -131.99056
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Haida Gwaii
Regional district Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Founded 1850
Government
 • Chief Councillor Willard Wilson
Area
 • Total 5.65 km2 (2.18 sq mi)
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 781
 • Density 138.3/km2 (358/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 16
Waterways Hecate Strait

Skidegate /ˈskɪdɡt/ (Haida: Hlg̱aagilda)[2] is a Haida community in Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada. It is located on the southeast coast of Graham Island,[3] the largest island in the archipelago, and is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of mainland British Columbia across Hecate Strait. Skidegate, which is located on Skidegate Indian Reserve No. 1 and was formerly home to the Skidegate Mission[4][5] is also the northern terminal for the BC Ferries service between Graham Island and Alliford Bay on Moresby Island.

Skidegate was so named in the early 19th century, after its chief, according to tradition. The community was a hub for the trade of otter furs.[6]

The Haida Heritage Centre is located in Skidegate along the town's Eastern boundary.

Houses and totem poles, Skidegate, 1878

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