KAYAKING HAIDA GWAII (QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS)Andrew Jones - admin
Isolated from British Columbia by the infamous Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) are ecologically unique. Called Haida Gwaii, or ‘Islands of the People”, these emerald isles are often referred to as the ‘Canadian Galapagos’. 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.
Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) is home of the Haida Nation, and our trips travel their traditional waterways and visit traditional cultural sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ninstints, Hotspring Island, and the village of Tanu.
Our trips take place in the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, voted as the #1 wilderness park destination in North America by National Geographic. Visitors to this area are limited, due the remoteness and a strict quota system implemented by Parks Canada.
We offer the following kayak tours in Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands):
Northern Gwaii Haanas Explorer - 8 days
The Northern Gwaii Hannas Explorer tours travel between Tanu Island and Burnaby Island in the northern half of Gwaii Haanas National Park. This section of the national park provides numerous kayaking routes to choose between, and we may paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline.
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Southern Gwaii Haanas Explorer - 8 days
The Southern Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tour travels between Burnaby Island and Ninstints toward the southern end of Gwaii Haanas National Park. Our route along this rugged coastline offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, remarkable scenery, wonderful campsite locations, and culminates with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Linagaay) with its long house remains and carved memorial and mortuary poles.
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Ultimate Gwaii Haanas Explorer - 15 days
This trip is our longest offering, and provides visitors to Gwaii Haanas National Park with the opportunity to truly explore almost the entire park. This experience starts near the northern boundary of Gwaii Haanas, and culminates near the south end after a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of SGang Gwaay Llnagaay (Anthony Island, Ninstints). It includes all the highlights found in the other trips, including visits to T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) and Hlk’yah GaawGa (Windy Bay) and Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island).
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