1. Ultimate Gwaii Haanas (25.209)

Location: Haida Gwaii
Price: $5100.00
Duration: 15 days/14 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: We don't provide transport from your home to Sandspit, nor do we provide airport transfers. Pre&post accommodation not included.
Guest Parking: Yes Details:
First Nations: Visit Haida Heritage Sites
Additional Information:
Some of the Ultimate Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours start at or near Tanu Island near the northern boundary of the protected area and travel south as outlined in pre-departure information. However, some tours travel in the reverse direction, starting near Rose Harbour in the south and kayaking north to Tanu Island.

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 will be provided. 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.

Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    Guests need to arrive in Sandspit the day before the trip departs. At 7:00 PM there is a pre-trip meeting with your guide 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.

    The next day, guests need to arrive in Sandspit the day before the trip departs. At 7:00 PM there is a pre-trip meeting with your guides at Moresby Explorers’ office, next to the Seaport B&B. At the meeting they'll 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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    3

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    4

    Given the length of the trip, it also offers the best opportunities to view wildlife as the longer you are in the field, the better your chances. Humpback whales, Steller sea lions, bald eagles, and black bears are all prolific in this area. Gwaii Haanas is a wildlife viewer’s dream.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    5

    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, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    6

    Burnaby Narrows has some of the highest levels of living material of any intertidal zone in the world.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    7

    There are 750,000 seabirds nesting in Gwaii Haanas, more bald eagle nests per kilometre of shoreline than anywhere else in Canada, and the highest breeding density of Peregrine falcons in the world. One third of British Columbia’s Steller sea lion population calls Haida Gwaii home and humpback whales may be seen throughout the area

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    8

    Day eight is turnover day, with some guests leaving us, and others arriving. We also resupply with fresh food (e.g. fruit and cream for our coffee) for the remainder of the journey.

    We will also be saying good bye to some guests and hello to others. Our Ultimate Gwaii Haanas tour combines our two 8 day trips in the area with some guests deciding just to do a segment of it or others choosing this Ultimate option that combines them both.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    9

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    10

    Exploring Gwaii Haanas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    11

    Exploring Gwaii Haanas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    12

    Exploring Gwaii Haanas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    13

    Exploring Gwaii Haanas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

  • Day
    14

    Exploring Gwaii Haanas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    15

    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 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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