Kayaking Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) is a spectacular experience. From remote wilderness travel, fantastic wildlife, and a rich First Nations heritage, this area encompasses it all. If you are looking for a true wilderness experience that has you traveling through a rich and diverse ecosystem along with rich Haida culture, then these are the trips for you!
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 Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area 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):
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8 days / 7 nights
The Northern Gwaii Hannas Explorer tours travel between Tanu Island and Burnaby Island in the northern half of Gwaii Haanas. This section of the national park provides numerous kayaking routes to choose between, and we may paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline.
8 days / 7 nights
The Southern Gwaii Haanas Explorer tour kayaks the southern end of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. 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.
15 days / 14 nights
This trip is our longest offering, and provides visitors to Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site 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 Ninstints.