— Expedition Kayaking —

Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer

— Expedition Kayaking —

Central Gwaii Haanas

CENTRAL GWAII HAANAS EXPLORER – EXPEDITION KAYAKING

Isolated from British Columbia by Hecate Strait, the islands of Haida Gwaii are ecologically unique and provide a kayaking experience like no other. The jewel of the islands, Gwaii Haanas, provides the adventurous kayaker with stunning scenery, remote wilderness, fantastic wildlife, natural hot springs, and the opportunity to visit important Haida cultural sites. The 100 kilometres of open water has isolated the archipelago from the BC mainland, to the extent that there are at least 39 distinct subspecies of plants and animals that are found no place else in the world. 

Our Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours operate within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. The Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation cooperatively manage Gwaii Haanas through the Archipelago Management Board.

The five day Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer tour has a more relaxed pace than our longer Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours and is a great way to experience some of the best features of Gwaii Haanas without the same time and energy commitment.

We begin our tour with a zodiac boat ride into Gwaii Haanas where we have the opportunity to visit the Haida village site of K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) with it’s big house remains, standing memorial, and mortuary standing poles. Additional highlights of this tour include soaking in the natural pools at Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island) and kayaking the wildlife rich waters of Juan Perez Sound.

The central section of Gwaii Haanas provides numerous kayaking routes to choose between, and we may paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline. Being a more relaxed trip does not mean that we spend less time kayaking, but instead that we can take the time to more fully explore the bays, inlets, and channels. We usually camp at three different sites during this tour and while the last site is less than ten miles in a straight line from our first site, there is over a hundred of miles of coastline and dozens of islands to explore along our circuitous route.

Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant throughout Gwaii Haanas. Kayaking quietly along the shore we may come across deer, black bears, and pine martens. Humpback whales may be seen throughout Gwaii Haanas and are often seen feeding in Juan Perez Sound, and with 750,000 nesting seabirds and more bald eagle nests per kilometre of shoreline than anywhere else in Canada, Gwaii Haanas is a birder’s dream.

 

  • 5 star ratingAmazing! I am well traveled and done many different types of adventures and trips. I have only wrote one review on trip advisor before and that was giving a 5/5 rating cage shark diving with Great Whites in New Zealand. This trip deserves my 2nd 5/5 review!... read more

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    8/03/2019
  • 5 star ratingExcellent guiding company! I participated in an 8-day Haida Gwaii tour with Kingfisher and was impressed with their customer service, the quality of the gear provided, the well trained and friendly guides, and the FOOD was amazing as well. Highly recommended.

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    9/08/2019
  • 5 star ratingWhales and Wilderness Expedition I recently participated in the June 2019 whales and wilderness kayak expedition with Kingfisher in the Broughton Archipelago. I attended as a solo, It was a great group of people who all had a background of outdoor adventure experience.

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    6/23/2019
  • 5 star ratingWhat a trip Wonderfull Kayak trip around basecamp.
    On our 1st day we already saw orcas and humpback whales from basecamp, sitting whit a beer watching the sun go down
    We kayaked every day and met whales and sealions.
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    10/24/2018
  • 5 star ratingKingfisher Whales four-day Kayaking trip We went on Kingfisher's four day (3 night) kayaking trip off Port McNeil staying at a base camp on Hansen Island. We were a small group--four young German tourists and my husband and me (both of us over 60 Americans) plus the two (Canadian) guides. ... read more

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    7/31/2019
  • 5 star ratingWhales and Grizzly Bears Kayak Tour - Base Camp We just returned from Kingfisher's Whales and Grizzlies adventure and it was amazing! From the orientation session provided the evening before the trip, to the final drop-off of our gear back in Port McNeill, everything was exceptional. Our guides, C... read more

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    7/26/2019
  • 5 star ratingKayaking with Whales July 23 - 26 My husband and I joined Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures for a Kayaking with Whales Adventure last week. Great weather, awesome food & the best kayaking we have experienced. Loved the base camp on Hanson Island, and the nights spent camping in... read more

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  • 5 star ratingKingfisher Whales and Grizzlies four-day excursion a smash hit! I recently experienced this kayaking adventure with nine pals. We unanimously agreed that the experience simply could not have been better. We were graced with good weather and abundant marine and wildlife viewings. From a full breach by a Humpback w... read more

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    7/25/2019
  • 5 star ratingOutstanding company with focus on safety and enjoyment - loved it We nearly booked a tour with another company but so glad we went with Kingfisher. We also booked our accommodation (Black bear resort) and the separate grizzly tour through Kingfisher and more than happy with both of those. Kingfisher is very profess... read more

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