— Expedition Kayaking —

Northern Gwaii Haanas Explorer

— Expedition Kayaking —

Northern Gwaii Haanas

NORTHERN GWAII HAANAS EXPLORER – EXPEDITION KAYAKING

Sea kayaking in Haida Gwaii is an experience unlike any other. Due to its isolation from mainland British Columbia by the Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii is ecologically unique–there are at least 39 distinct subspecies of plants and animals that are found no place else in the world. A world renown national park, Gwaii Haanas provides the adventurous kayaker with stunning scenery, remote wilderness, fantastic wildlife, and the opportunity to visit important Haida cultural sites.

Our Northern 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 Northern Gwaii Haanas Explorer tours travel between Tanu Island and Burnaby Island in the northern half of Gwaii Haanas. This section of Gwaii Haanas provides numerous kayaking routes to choose between, and we may paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline.
Highlights of this tour often include visiting the Haida cultural sites of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) and Hlk’yah GaawGa (Windy Bay), soaking in the natural pools at Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island), and kayaking the wildlife rich waters of Juan Perez Sound and Burnaby (Dolomite) Narrows. Near the end of our journey, we kayak the waters surrounding Burnaby Island, which has some of the highest levels of living material of any intertidal zone in the world. Floating through the narrows in our kayaks at low tide is an experience of staggering beauty.

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. There is always something to look at on this tour!

  • 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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    Marilyn M.
    7/31/2019
  • 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.
    Last day they picked us early, and we went...
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    Ivar1970
    10/24/2018
  • 5 star ratingTwo sea kayaking trips I have never sea kayaked before but did two back to back with them in August - one base camp and one wild camping. All the equipment was first class and the tour guides/leaders were excellent giving someone who was very nervous the confidence to hap... read more

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    Yvonne R.
    9/01/2019
  • 5 star ratingThe West Coast at its BEST! We did a four-day base camp with whales tour in September 2020. I have been on many kayaking trips all over Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii but this trip is a highlight. I have never seen so much marine life in one area - humpbacks, orcas, sea lion... read more

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    John G.
    9/01/2020
  • 5 star ratingWow, just wow! We did the 6 day Whales and Wilderness Explorer trip very near the end of a 7 week long trip to Canada. We expected to like and enjoy the trip, but we didn't expect to be absolutely blown away by it! We had done lots of other outdoor adventures d... read more

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    347liz
    10/01/2019
  • 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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    Mary Y.
    9/08/2019
  • 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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    Sandra J.
    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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    NewcastleKiwigirl
    10/06/2018
  • 5 star ratingBest way to experience Vancouver Island's wild west coast My husband and I just returned from our second trip with Kingfisher - an expedition trip in the Nutchatlitz area: Kayaking with Sea Otters. It was even more fabulous than our first base camp trip in the Broughton Archipelago. We saw sea otters every ... read more

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    Elizabeth C.
    7/01/2021
  • 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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    Brent A.
    8/03/2019
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