Hospital Day

We come together to play games, enjoy one another's company and celebrate our unique Island lifestyle!

Downtown Queen Charlotte c. 1915

Hospital and Nurses' Residence in 1962

About Hospital Day

What is Hospital Day?

Hospital Day is the oldest community holiday here on Haida Gwaii, in which residents come together to play games, enjoy one another's company and celebrate their unique Island lifestyle. A colorful parade starts the day off and is followed by ball games, races and children's events.

The Purpose of Hospital Day

Hospital Day has been an annual tradition here on the Islands since 1908, when islanders came together to raise funds to build the first hospital in "Queen Charlotte City." For many years thereafter, the annual "Hospital Day" provided the only source of operating revenue for the hospital. To this day, Hospital Day continues to provide monies for purchasing healthcare equipment for various healthcare programs all over the Islands, as well as bursaries for medical education.

But healthcare and wellness are not only about splinting fractures and purchasing hospital hardware. The health of a community is benefited by people coming together. Sharing a common history is part way down the road to having common cause and a healthier community. Hospital Day is about bringing neighbors together to share a conversation, a cup of coffee and watching the kids have fun.