— Expedition Kayaking —

Ultimate Gwaii Haanas Explorer

— Expedition Kayaking —

Ultimate Gwaii Haanas


In a place as culturally rich and ecologically diverse as Haida Gwaii, sometimes 8 days isn’t enough to see it all. This trip is our longest offering, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Sites in the convenience of one fully immersive trip. Come soak in the hot springs at Gandll K’in Gwaayaay, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of SGang Gwaay Llnagaay and others, and spend the time in between looking for humpback whales, Stellar sea lions, bald eagles, and black bears. You’ll get the best of both the Northern and Southern tours in this package. 


With at least 39 distinct subspecies of plants and animals, Gwaii Haanas is a wildlife viewer’s dream. There are 750,000 seabirds nesting in Gwaii Haanas, more bald eagle nests per kilometre of shoreline than anywhere else in Canada, and the highest breeding density of Peregrine falcons in the world. One third of British Columbia’s Steller sea lion population calls Haida Gwaii home, and humpback whales can be seen throughout the area in the summer. Burnaby Narrows is a mesmerizing explosion of colourful intertidal life, and boasts some of the highest levels of living material of any intertidal zone in the world. If we’re lucky we might see the Haida Gwaii black bear turning over rocks on the shore–they are the largest black bears in North America, having evolved specifically to survive on the shellfish seafood offerings of the rugged coast.  

This trip combines our two eight day trips, so it is possible that not all guests are continuing for the entire trip – we take advantage of the changeover to re-supply with fresh food.

  • 5 star ratingAMAZING - MAGICAL - POWERFUL Adventure Myself and 5 friends just returned from an AMAZING 4-day base camp "Kayak with Whales" adventure. The adventure was sooo much more than kayaking with whales. We saw and heard lots of different marine and wild life (Orca and Humpback whales,... read more

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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