2 Day Gwaii Haanas Tour

Trip Highlights

Guided walks through ancient Haida village sites, including the standing totem poles at K'uuna (Skedans).

Opportunities to search for wildlife, view marine life and learn about the natural world of Haida Gwaii.

A chance to explore the forest and beaches on short walks.

Delicious home-cooked meals.

A comfortable and relaxing evening at our remote floating lodge.

Trip Overview

This tour explores the northern half of Gwaii Haanas as well as the Louise Island area. Over the course of two full days, we learn about the history, culture and natural world of Haida Gwaii, and have a good chance of finding some marine mammals or other wildlife along the way. We make several stops on shore each day, including the ancient Haida village sites of K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) and T'aanuu Llnagay (Tanu). We wander through old-growth forest, learn about the marine ecology of this rich ocean environment, and spend the evening relaxing on the deck of our floating lodge miles from any other habitation.

Our home for the night is our small floating lodge with comfortable private rooms (double occupancy), a sitting and dining area, and a large covered deck. There is a flush toilet, hot and cold running water - everything except a shower.

Price: CAD $720 ($795.20 including taxes and Gwaii Haanas fees)

A Few Logistics Worth Noting...

Dress warmly and with layers. Because we travel on an open Zodiac boat, you must be prepared to dress warmly and be ready to face all the variable weather that the islands are famous for.

We've got the gear covered. We provide raingear, gumboots and lifejackets so there is no specialty equipment that you need to bring.

Storage space is limited. We have limited dry storage under the boat seats (about 22cm or 10in wide) and ask that guests travel with minimal luggage in soft baggage.

Your meals are included. Meals and snacks are included, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the second day.

The boat ride can be bumpy, and the beach and forest walks can have difficult footing. We travel through some exposed waters, so it is very important to discuss any back or neck problems with us in advance to be sure this tour is right for you. While on land, we don't do any long hikes, but we do walk on rough beaches and forest trails with tripping hazards, slippery areas, and difficult footing.

We've paid your Parks Canada fees. We collect the Parks Canada user fees for Gwaii Haanas on your behalf and we provide the mandatory orientation required by Parks Canada as part of our tour. If you wish, you can also attend the orientation session offered by Parks Canada at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate.

There are multiple pickup options available.  If you stay in Sandspit the night before the tour, we will pick you up at your accommodations shortly after 7:30.  If you stay on Graham Island the night before, you will need to catch the 7:40 ferry from Skidegate Landing as foot passengers, and we will pick you up at Alliford Bay when it arrives.  We return on the last day in time to drop you off at the last ferry back to Skidegate (departing at 5:30), or drive you back to Sandspit shortly after.  

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My grandson and I have just returned from our west coast holiday. I want to say that the Gwaii Haanas two day tour we took was the highlight of our trip! I cannot say enough good things about [our guide]- bright, knowledgeable, kind, considerate, hard working are just a few of the adjectives which immediately come to mind! It was an absolutely memorable trip and we just want to say a very sincere “Thank You” to our guide and all the staff who made such an expedition possible. The only negative I can say is that the trip was way too short!!
— Carole

Or maybe, you're looking for something else? Check out these other options.

This full-day trip takes you all the way around Louise Island, and includes a visit to the ancient Haida village site of K'uuna (Skedans). Louise Island is rich with history, and is also a great area to learn about the ecology and environment of Haida Gwaii, both terrestrial and marine.

This tour takes you all the way to the remote southern end of Gwaii Haanas, and includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of SGaang Gwaay (Ninstints).  We also explore other cultural sites, visit hidden bays and inlets, and search for wildlife.  Overnights at our floating lodge and Rose Harbour Guesthouse make for a relaxing pace.

We offer all the services and equipment that you need to organize an independent kayaking trip into Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.  Whether you need rental kayaks, transportation or just trip planning advice, we're here to help!