Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Five Days
Expedition Kayaking
Begin Your Adventure
Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Five Days
Expedition Kayaking
Begin Your Adventure
Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Five Days
Expedition Kayaking
Begin Your Adventure
Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Five Days
Expedition Kayaking
Begin Your Adventure
Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Five Days
Expedition Kayaking
Begin Your Adventure
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Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Expedition Kayaking
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Expedition Kayaking
Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer
Expedition Kayaking
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CENTRAL GWAII HAANAS EXPLORER – EXPEDITION KAYAKING

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves kayaking every day, backcountry camping in lush rainforests, having meals on isolated, pristine beaches, and visiting a scenic, natural hot spring along the way, then there’s no better place to indulge than five dreamy days in Gwaii Haanas.

Haida Gwaii is an ecological marvel; isolated from the mainland by over 100 kilometres of open ocean, this unique area boasts at least 39 unique subspecies of plants and animals. It’s also home to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site—or, as National Geographic calls it, “the premier wilderness park destination in North America”. It’s a place that has long beckoned adventurous souls with awe-inspiring panoramas, pristine natural landscapes, and immersion into the vibrant Haida culture.

Nestled in the heart of Gwaii Haanas is one of Canada’s most scenic hot springs at Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay, or Hotspring Island. On our Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours, we spend five days navigating the gorgeous waters around this island at a leisurely tempo—an ideal introduction to Gwaii Haanas without the extensive time and energy of our longer excursions.

The central sector of Gwaii Haanas offers a huge variety of paddling scenery, from sheltered channels and hidden bays to wide-open crossings and exposed coastlines.

Despite its laid-back pace, don’t be fooled into thinking this tour skimps on kayaking! Instead, this tour allows you to indulge your curiosity—delving deeper into the nooks and crannies of bays and channels and exploring the coastline and all its various wildlife.

Our itinerary typically includes camping at three distinct sites, offering the option of exploring over a hundred kilometres of coastline and islands along our winding route. The tour’s highlights include the rejuvenating natural pools at Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island) and paddling through the wildlife-abundant waters of Juan Perez Sound. Time permitting, we may have the opportunity to explore the ancient Haida village site of K‘uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), with its impressive house remains and solemn standing poles, on our zodiac boat journey in or out of Gwaii Haanas.

Quiet, leisurely paddling along the shores has other advantages: careful eyes may spot sightings of Sitka black-tail deer, Haida Gwaii black bears, and pine martens. Juan Perez Sound can be a haven for humpback whales, and with over 750,000 nesting seabirds and an unparalleled density of bald eagle nests, Gwaii Haanas is a birder’s paradise.

To round off your journey, we’ve joined forces with the illustrious Raincoast Breads in K’il Kun (Sandspit) for a memorable, grand finale dinner. Raincoast Breads is the first restaurant in Canada authorized to forage wild ingredients, and they bring it all together in an extraordinary, hyper-local, and seasonal tasting menu that melds the flavours of the forest with the bounty of the sea. It’s the perfect way to end any vacation! This dining experience is included in all of our Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours—it’s a core part of the Kingfisher difference!

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