The Islands of Haida Gwaii, also dubbed the " Canada's Galapagos", is located on the north coast of British Colombia and consist of over 100 islands which include some of the richest biological and cultural areas in North America. These isolated islands offer pristine wilderness and due to their remoteness, are rarely visited. During our voyage, we expect to see heaps of wildlife including humpback whales, dolphins, orcas. sea lions, black bears and an abundance of bird species. Haida is one of the most culturally rich and developed groups to inhabit early North America, our experienced naturalists and crew provide great knowledge and will teach us about the history and customs of the Haida people. We reach the archipelago by boat on board our small, 68-foot yacht featuring cozy cabins with upper and lower berths, three shared heads, a large salon and lounge area, and a well-equipped galley providing great ambiance for the adventure. A special bonus is the option to hop into a kayak for more intimate exploration while the vessel is anchored in calm waters.
Participants need to be amenable to live in the relatively close quarters of a sailing or motor yacht, healthy and fit enough to enjoy long, relatively active days in the outdoors and able to climb into and out of our zodiacs, along slippery shorelines and over the uneven terrain of coastal forests. Climbing into higher bunks requires some agility. Sea kayaking is a much enjoyed, but optional activity. No experience is required and the focus is on exploring protected waters along the shore and close to the ship. In general, a certain amount of agility is necessary to enjoy the trip and not impact the enjoyment of other passengers. Specific shore activities are always optional.
Arrive Sandspit Airport and make your way to the Sandspit Inn. Transportation to the inn is not required as it's located across the street from the Airport (approx 150 yards). Dinner this evening is on your own. We recommend the Inn's restaurant, or should you prefer to venture about, you can find 2 other restaurants nearby.
After breakfast and check-out, you will be picked up from the hotel (at 8:30am) and transferred to the ferry for your trip from Alliford Bay to Graham Island where we will make our first stop at the Haida Heritage Centre. After a guided tour and traditional Haida lunch hosted by a local Haida family, we take a short walk around Spirit Lake (if time permits) before heading to Moresby Island where our boat awaits. After checking into your cabin, you will meet the crew, participate in an orientation, and enjoy a lovely dinner while getting to know your travel mates. Overnight anchored near Moresby Camp and set off early next morning into the waters of Southern Moresby Island to explore the Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve.
The next 7 days are spent exploring the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Specific highlights include T'aanu, Burnaby Narrows, Ikeda Cove, Rose Harbour, Hot Springs Island, and K'uuna (Windswept Skedans). Daily shore excursions allow for extraordinary wildlife viewing, visits to Haida villages, and walks amongst 'old-growth forests and low-tide shorelines. SGang Gwaay, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where we will find the best remaining original totem poles in the world! From our experienced naturalists and our encounters with Haida we will learn about the art, legends, customs and food gathering methods of the Haida people. You are sure to be amazed by Haida Gwaii's remarkable evolutionary showcase including some noticeably different animal sub-species and the presence of plant species found nowhere else in the world. If we are lucky we may spot a few Gwaii Haanas Black Bears, the largest black bear in the world. Aboard the yacht, be ready to spot humpback whales, porpoise, fin whales, sea lions, dolphins and orcas. Interesting birds joining us throughout the trip include tufted puffins, horned puffins, rhinoceros auklets black-footed albatross and black oystercatchers. Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles are also a common to see at times. Each evening we will anchor in a different secluded bay and there will be opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak.
You will disembark around 11:00am at Moresby Camp and be transferred to the Sandspit airport. The trip takes about an hour which will provide sufficient time to lunch prior to catching your flight home.
Per Person, Twin Share