2. Gwaii Haanas Northern Explorer (25.206)

Location: Haida Gwaii
Price: $2795.00
Duration: 8 days/7 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Sandspit
Accomodations: Camping
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Intermediate
Nearest Town/Village: Sandspit
Inclusions:
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheets
  • Thermarest
  • Paddling Jacket
  • Dry bags
  • Parking
  • Park User Fee
Exclusions:
Guest Parking: Yes Details:
First Nations: Visit Haida Heritage Sites
Additional Information:
We provide high quality three season tents. For couples we provide three person tents and for solo travellers a slightly smaller tent. Therm-a-rest sleeping pads and warm mummy style sleeping bags with liners are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A library of natural history books is on every trip. On the water we use stable single and double fibreglass kayaks and lightweight carbon/vinyl paddles. Waterproof kayaking jackets and neoprene kayaking mitts are provided to keep you warm and dry while kayaking.Guests need to arrive in Sandspit the day before the trip departs. At 7:00 PM there is a pre-trip meeting with your kayak guides at Moresby Explorers’ office, next to the Seaport B&B. 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. This tour departs from Sandspit on South Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). It is imperative that guests arrive in Sandspit no later than the day before the kayak tour’s departure date. At the end of the trip, the earliest guests should plan to head home is the morning after the tour ends. Better still, spend a few more days to explore more of the islands. The Haida Heritage Centre is worth the visit.We provide high quality three season tents. For couples we provide three person tents and for solo travellers a slightly smaller tent. Therm-a-rest sleeping pads and warm mummy style sleeping bags with liners are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A library of natural history books is on every trip.On the water we use stable single and double fibreglass kayaks and lightweight carbon/vinyl paddles. Waterproof kayaking jackets and neoprene kayaking mitts are provided to keep you warm and dry while kayaking.

Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    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 hour exhilarating ride into Gwaii Haanas.

    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, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    2

    The tour starts at the northern end of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site and travels south. Early in the trip we visit the Haida cultural site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu). If weather condition allow we travel along the eastern shore of Lyell Island to Hlk’yah GaawGa (Windy Bay). The northern half of Gwaii Haanas provides numerous kayaking routes for us to choose, from the open water of Hecate Strait to more sheltered inner waters.

    Mid-way through the trip we cross Juan Perez Sound. The sound and the surrounding bays and inlets provide plenty of great wildlife viewing opportunities and great beaches for camping. Continuing south, we aim for Burnaby Island, with a possible visit to Burnaby Narrows, known for its rich concentration of intertidal life.

    The actual kayaking route depends on the weather, sea conditions, and abilities of the group, but while each kayak tour is unique, we believe all are spectacular.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    3

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    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    4

    Exploring...

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    5

    Exploring...

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    6

    Exploring...

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    7

    Exploring...

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    8

    On the last day of the kayak tour, you have time to reminisce about the previous days over a leisurely breakfast. The zodiac 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 farewell dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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From Our Blog

"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself.

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