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Ultimate Gwaii Haanas Explorer Kayak tour
Vancouver, B.C. return · Moderate
Commonly called Gwaii Haanas, this protected area encompasses 138 islands. Here, the adventurous kayaker will experience stunning scenery, remote wilderness, fantastic wildlife, and the opportunity to visit remote Haida cultural sites. Previous kayak experience is required.
Please advise us if you would like us to arrange air to Sandspit and your pre and post accommodation.We would be happy to do so!
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Activity Level
- Max Group Size
- Up to 8 people
- High quality tents with warm sleeping bags
- Clean vans/ Water taxis
- Three meals a day from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 15.
We provide you with all the necessary kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets, PFD (life jacket), group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags (you may bring your own). A comprehensive list of required personal items can be read by clicking on the “Preparation” tab above. All meals during the kayak trip are provided and prepared by your guides. We’re proud of our menu that includes abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide variety of international dishes, and freshly baked treats. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated given sufficient prior notification. Transportation is all-inclusive from Sandspit by our network of vans and water taxis. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site Fees.
We do not provide transport from your home to Sandspit, nor do we provide airport transfers. Accommodation in Sandspit is not included. Any meals outside the kayak portion of the tour are your responsibility. Travel insurance for accidents or emergency evacuation is not provided; we recommend you purchase a policy before leaving home. The trip price does not include guide gratuities; should you feel that the service was exemplary, it is always appreciated.
Schedule & Prices
|Jun 24–Aug 8, 2019||$5,100||—||—|
Ultimate Gwaii Haanas Explorer Kayak tour Itinerary
- Day 0: Haida Gwaii, B.C. Guests need to arrive in Sandspit the day before the trip departs. At 7:00 PM there is a pre-trip meeting with the lead kayak guide. At the meeting your guide(s) provide you with an overview of the trip, provide a mandatory Gwaii Haanas orientation, distribute dry bags to pack your gear, and answer any last minute questions you may have.
Meals Included: None
- Day 1: Haida Gwaii, B.C. You are picked up at your accommodation at approximately 7:30 AM by van. We travel over logging roads for about one hour to Moresby Camp where we then board an open zodiac (rigid hull inflatable boat) for an approximately two to four hour exhilarating ride into Gwaii Haanas. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site is co-managed by the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. Upon arrival at our first remote campsite, we set up camp and have a kayak and safety orientation. After lunch we try out the kayaks for the first time, exploring the waters surrounding camp.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
- Days 2 to 14: Haida Gwaii, B.C. Starting near the northern boundary of Gwaii Haanas, near the abandoned Haida village of Tanu, this trip travels south, stopping each day at a new wilderness campsite. You can expect to see few people, and those that you do are likely be near the Haida cultural sites. As we head south, we’ll travel through Darwin Sound, Juan Perez Sound, before crossing past Skincuttle Inlet and Carpenter Bay. Towards the south end, we’ll turn west into Houston Stewart Channel, and catch the first glimpses of the west side of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Most of our time is spent travelling the east coast of Moresby Island and the smaller islands close to it. Day eight is turnover day, with some guests leaving us, and others arriving. We also resupply with fresh food for the remainder of the journey. The guides pick the route each day after considering the goals of the trip, abilities of the guests, and the weather and sea state. No two trips are identical, but all are amazing experiences.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Day 15: Haida Gwaii, B.C. On the last day of the kayak tour, you’ll have time to reminisce about the previous days over a leisurely breakfast. Your transportation generally arrives about midday for the journey back to Sandspit where you have the opportunity to get together with the rest of your group for a no-host farewell dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch