Haida Gwaii - Expedition Cruise to the Galapagos of the North
Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii lies 130 kilometres off Canada's west coast. The island group is also knows as the 'Galapagos of the North' for its endemic and rare species.
On this adventure by land and by sea you will cruise into Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve at the southern tip of the islands, where you visit ancient village sites and see the remains of long-abandoned big houses and memorial poles. It is here you will listen to the stories of the Haida Guardian Watchmen who will share their culture and heritage with you.
As you cruise along the pristine beaches and remote coves of this rugged coast you get to experience rich intertidal life and old growth temperate rainforest. You may see Stellar Sea Lions, at low tide you may spot black bear feeding along the shore while out in the ocean you may spot humpback whales. Meanwhile there are millions of birds to be seen, including puffins and bald eagle.
Throughout the cruise you will take rides in zodiacs, make frequent shore excursions, go kayaking or fishing and learn from naturalists encountered along the way.
Activity / Theme
Canoe / kayak, Culture, Nature & Wildlife, Expedition Cruise, Hiking
Canada, AB, BC,- west (AB, BC)
Basic or Comfortable, depending on the ship chosen
Leisurely / Moderate
Sailing ship, tugboat or catamaran
This trip is offered in a variety of vessels, from a simple 8-passenger sailing ship with shared facilities, a comfortable tug boat with private heads or a 24-passenger very comfortable catamaran with private en-suite cabins. Please ask for details. No single supplement applies to bookings by solo travellers on the sailing trips.
Months of Operation
May, June, July
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
This is expedition cruising at its finest. Because you are on the edge of the ocean and on Canada's west coast, please come prepared for all kinds of weather.
DAY 1: Start in Masset, local touring
DAY 2: Skidegate, Haida Heritage Centre, board ship
DAY 3: Enter Gwaii Haanas, visit T’aanuu village site, Burnaby Narrows
DAY 4: Cape St. James hike, Woodruff Bay beach exploration
DAY 5: Seabirds, SGang Gwaay & Rose Harbour visits
DAY 6: Cruising, rainforest walk, possible bears
DAY 7: Sailing Juan Perez Sound, whale watching, seabird researchers
DAY 8: Windy Bay, whale watching, K’uuna (Skedans) village
Day 9: To Morseby Camp, transfer to Sandspit airport, cruise ends
Transportation by ship
All meals, snacks and beverages prepared from the freshest ingredients by our superb chef
Fine wines featured with the evening meal, and a limited amount of beer
Services of our naturalist and professional crew
Use of gear on board, including rubber boots, kayaks and fishing gear (with fishing licence)
All accommodations on your vessel and, on trips with a land day, in local lodging
Flights from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii and return are included with this itinerary
Prices are all-inclusive, and subject to a $200 sustainability fee per person and subject to 5% federal tax
Memorial Pole Image courtesy of Kevin J Smith/Maple Leaf Adventures
Sailing Ship Image courtesy of Philip Stone/Maple Leaf Adventures
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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