SOLD OUT We visit remote Haida villages and learn the culture of Haida life and totem poles from the Haida "watchmen". We explore Moresby AND Graham Island. Limited to 10 travelers. 3 spaces left
(Please click on the 'PLAY' button above (white arrow) to view the 7-minute movie we created about our tour to Haida Gwaii)
August 12-18 2021
LAND TOUR: $3,599 Canadian/person (+GST)
Starts and ends in Sandspit, Haida Gwaii
LIMITED to 8 people ( + Norman & Julie Bruce)
SOLD OUT ( July 16 2021)
AIRFARE: Approximate cost of airfare departing from Vancouver to Sandspit with Air Canada is $900 (at time of posting) You can book your flights directly with Air Canada or we can put you in touch with our flights specialist. We recommend you purchase the 100% refundable category
For millennia, Haida Gwaii (formerly called Queen Charlotte Islands) have been a remote, mysterious and inaccessible place. The first people to settle here developed a distinctive cultural identity, the Haida were revered and feared and left a distinctive cultural legacy-the UNESCO World Heritage site of SGang Gwaay ( Ninstints) Our journey also includes a visit to K'uuna Llagaay (Skedans), made famous by the paintings of Emily Carr.
While exploring Moresby Island our time is spent in a mix of boat travel and time exploring the shore. In Skidegate we visit the award-winning Haida Heritage House- a museum dedicated to teaching and preserving the Haida way of life.
PLEASE NOTE we travel the south section of Moresby Island by open Zodiac boat (rigid hull inflatables), please be ready to face all the variable weather these Islands are famous for. We spend one to two hours in the boat and go on land to explore. The boat ride can be bumpy and we do walk on rough beaches and forest trails with tripping hazards and slippery areas. You must be in good physical shape to take this tour, as some of the sites we explore have rough terrain and may be slippery. Please note that this tour is not suitable if you need mobility aids such as canes. Due to the changing weather, this itinerary can change to accommodate the current conditions. tides and the unpredictability of wildlife.
- rain-gear, gumboots and life jackets while traveling in the Zodiac
- meals as listed in the detailed itinerary
- Parks Canada user fees for Gwaii Haans
- accommodation in a 'floating lodge', local bed and breakfasts and a three-star hotel.
- Please note that the floating lodge DOES NOT have ensuite bathrooms or showers.
- Please note our accommodation in Rose Harbor uses 'outhouses'- there are no operating toilets
- transfer from Queen Charlotte Village to Sandspit airport
OUR TRAVELLERS SAY:
'The image that stays most with me is being met by the Watchmen and seeing the remains of those remarkable totems. This tour was well organized and the guides were exceptional' MS Vancouver BC Haida Gwaii. June 2017
'Just had to THANK YOU for a wonderful extraordinary trip I have to say that it will be one of the most memorable of all our trips and you know we have done many over the years' EL Vancouver BC Haida Gwaii. June 2017
'The entire tour was exhilarating and I loved walking through meadows, rivers and streams and over rocks and roots and learning how to navigating how to get in and out of a zodiac not to mention learning about the Haida peoples and their culture.' JN Vancouver BC Haida Gwaii. June 2017
'We would like to THANK YOU for a GREAT TRIP!! You are an excellent guide/helper/shopper/foodie, and a whole lot more. We both had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting and making new friends, as well as the great food,(at both accommodations), and the guides, plus some very spectacular sights (Haida Villages) and sounds (the Killer Whales). DW Mayne Island July 2018
(updated Nov 28 2019)
Group Limited to 8 participants + Julie and Alan Bruce. (there are three spaces available)
Thursday August 12 2021
We arrive from Vancouver in the afternoon and spend the evening in Sandspit.
Dinner, for those arriving in time.
FRIDAY August 13 2021
Early this morning we begin our exploration of Moresby Island (the south island) by open Zodiak. We visit Louise Island, K'uuna Llnagaay ( Skedans) which is one of the most famous abandoned villages on Haida Gwaii. Canadian painter Emily Carr visited this village in 1912 and was able to capture some of the 56 standing totem poles that stood in front of a row of 27 houses. Not many of these magnificent totem poles are still standing today. This evening we spend the night on our small floating Lodge with cozy rooms, sitting and dining area and a large covered deck. Our floating lodge has all the comforts of home, flush toilets, hot and cold running water-everything except a shower. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 Saturday August 14 2021
T'aanuu Llnagay (Tanu) RICHARDSON ISLAND
Today we enter the Gwaii Haans National Park Reserve, and visit T'aanuu Llnagay, in the late 1800s this village was home to over 500 people and was the largest village in Haida Gwaii. We continue our journey to the southern tip of the Island. Tonight we spend our evening in Rose Harbour Inlet a former whaling station that employed as many as 100 men between 1920 and 1942. Overnight Rose Harbour Guesthouse
Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner
DAY 4 Sunday August 15 2021
SGang Gwaay (Anthony Island)
SGang Gwaay Llnagaay (UNESCO World Heritage Site formerly called Ninstints) This cluster of islands west of Rose Inlet is famous for watching birdlife and sea mammals. Today we hope to see a variety of puffins, whales and sea otters. Sgang Gwaay is a tiny island and hosts the artistic heritage of the Haida People. Some of the world best totem poles still stand on the ground where they were raised. This historic village was once home to 300 Haidaand is now uninhabited, archaeologists have compared it to the lost jungle sites of Cambodia & Mexico. SGabh Gwaay Llnagaay has been inhabited for over 2000 years.
Overnight on our small Floating Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 5 Monday August 16 2021
Burnaby Narrows -Sandspit- Queen Charlotte City
Early this evening we make our way back to Sandspit and take the short ferry to Village of Queen Charlotte. Overnight Sea Raven Motel (or similar) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 Tuesday August 17 2021
Village of Queen Charlotte
This morning we visit the award-winning Haida Heritage Center in Skidegate to learn more about the way of life of these amazing people. The Centre contains a museum and celebrates the living culture of the Haida people with areas that demonstrate how the totem poles were carved and how the canoes were made. This afternoon we drive to the northern part of Graham Island to visit Masset and area. Overnight Sea Raven Motel (or similar) Breakfast & Dinner
Wednesday August 18 2021
This morning is free for you to explore the Village of Queen Charlotte before transferring to Sandspit Airport for our flight to Vancouver BC. Breakfast.
- trip cancellation and extended medical coverage.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary,
- there are limited single rooms -please call for availability
- We travel by open zodiac boat, you must be prepared to dress warmly.
- this tour is NOT suitable if you need to use ANY mobility aids (such as canes) or cannot walk on 'rocky' surfaces such as pebbly beaches
- Storage space is limited on the boats, please travel with 'small soft carry on' luggage, less than 35L. There is limited dry storage on the boat for camera equipment (10cm X20cm).
Flights are with Air Canada departing from Vancouver BC.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.