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Date: May-August Departures
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: Varies by experience, starting from CA$5,885
Trip Type: Cruising – Yacht to Small Ship, Hosted Small Groups

The Islands of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) are one of the richest biological and cultural areas in North America. Guided by Haida Watchmen, we will journey through history as we visit ancient Haida Villages lining the British Columbia coast. Small ship travel through this unforgettable landscape allows us to voyage to places not reachable by land. We wind our way through the archipelago to enjoy 9 days of exploration…All aboard!

Highlights:

  • Expert guides
  • Canada’s Galapagos
  • The Wilderness of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
  • Totem Poles/Haida Culture at SGang Gwaay World Heritage Site
  • Whales in Hecate Strait
  • Hotsprings Island

© Images courtesy of Bluewater Adventures

Itinerary:

The daily plans are flexible to accommodate the surprises that we encounter each trip, the requirements of tide and weather, and the interests of the group. With so many opportunities to be “wowed”, it’s hard to predict what unique moment will be your favourite memory.

Day 1: Begin your day with an a la carte breakfast at The Inn’s dining room prior to your journey to Skidegate. Please allow plenty of time to enjoy your breakfast, as the restaurant cooks all meals to order.

The group will meet in front of The Inn at Sandspit at 8:30 am. Please be sure to check out of your hotel room with luggage in hand prior to this time. You will be greeted by our shuttle bus driver/guide for your Haida Gwaii land tour. You will be transported to the ferry landing at Alliford Bay to take the ferry across to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island. The ferry crossing takes approximately 20 minutes.

Our first stop will be the newly renovated Haida Heritage Centre on Graham Island for a guided tour followed by a traditional Haida lunch at Keenawii”s Kitchen hosted by a local Haida family from Skidegate. Following lunch, we may have time for a short walk around Spirit Lake before catching the ferry back to Moresby Island. Then we are off to meet up with the Island Roamer, anchored at Moresby Camp, and her Crew. Upon boarding the ship you will meet the crew, cabins will be assigned, and everyone will participate in an introductory & safety orientation with dinner to follow. We will spend our first evening anchored nearby and will depart early the next morning into the waters of Southern Moresby Island to explore the Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve.

Days 2-8: We will spend our time exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily activities include wildlife watching, shore excursions to explore ancient Haida villages, “old growth” forests, beautiful creeks, and colorful intertidal zones. Be sure to keep an eye out and your cameras ready, as we will encounter a wealth of marine wildlife on our journey. We aim to spot humpback whales, porpoise, fin whales, sea lions and orca.  We hope to capture the sight of the mighty, Gwaii Haanas black bear foraging along the shoreline for the myriad of intertidal creatures found in these nutrient-rich areas. Windy Bay is the site of the first pole raised in 130 years honouring the 20th anniversary of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement to protect the natural and marine resources. We visit the old Haida village of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site to take in the fabulous totem poles.  Each evening we will anchor in a different secluded bay with time to discuss the day’s wildlife sightings and opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak.

Day 9:  The trip will finish mid morning and you will disembark the vessel at 11:00am at Moresby Camp.  There will be charter bus waiting to shuttle the group to Sandspit airport. The trip by bus takes about an hour. You can expect to arrive in Sandspit by midday. This  will give you time to have lunch and do any last minute shopping at the souvenir shop located in the Sandspit Airport, prior to your afternoon flight to Vancouver.

Cost & Dates

  • May 16 – 24, 2021 from CA$8,250 per person
  • May 24 – June 1, 2021 from CA$8,250 per person
  • June 1 – 9, 2021 from CA$8,250 per person
  • June 9 – 17, 2021 from CA$8,250 per person
  • June 17 – 25, 2021 from CA $8,250 per person
  • June 20 – 27, 2021 from CA$6,450 per person
  • June 26 – July 3, 2021 from CA$7,450 per person
  • July 3 – 10, 2021 from CA$7,450 per person
  • July 5 – 12, 2021 from CA$5,885 per person
  • July 10 – 17, 2021 from CA$7,450 per person
  • July 12 – 19, 2021 from CA$5,885 per person
  • July 17 – 24, 2021 from CA$7,450 per person
  • July 19 – 26, 2021 from CA$5,885 per person
  • July 25 – August 1, from CA$7,450 per person
  • August 1 – 8, 2021 from  CA$7,450 per person
  • August 8 – 15, 2021 from CA$7,450 per person
  • August 15 – 22, 2021 from CA$7,450 per person

Flights are not included in pricing.

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