Louise Island Day Tour
A guided walking tour through K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), an ancient Haida village where a handful of totem poles still stand.
If they are available, conversations with Haida Watchmen, who live at the sites over the summer, sharing their knowledge about Haida sites, history and tradition.
A hearty home-cooked lunch on the beach.
Opportunities to explore the forest and beach on short walks.
A chance to search for wildlife and marine life.
This full-day trip takes you all the way around Louise Island, the third largest island in Haida Gwaii. Louise Island is rich with history, from ancient Haida sites to World War II logging operations. It is also a great area to learn about the ecology and environment of Haida Gwaii, both terrestrial and marine. And of course, if we're lucky, we might run across some wildlife!
The main stop on this trip is the ancient Haida village site of K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans). Although this site has been uninhabited since the 1880s, you can still see an array of totem poles standing in their original locations. Louise Island is outside the boundaries of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, but K'uuna Llnagaay is included in the Haida Heritage Site, and , if they are available, you will get to meet the Haida Watchmen who stay at the site through the summer. We usually make at least one other stop on land to explore beaches or other historical sights. A hearty home-cooked lunch is included.
We begin the day by picking you up in our van and driving you approximately one hour down the gravel logging roads to Moresby Camp, which is a boat launch close to Louise Island and the most southerly road access in Haida Gwaii. By launching at Moresby Camp, we are able to avoid the rough, exposed waters around the northeastern coast of Moresby Island.
Price: CAD $250 ($282.10 with 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.
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. At the end of the day, we will return you to Skidegate Landing via a water taxi we hire, or back to Sandspit, both usually arriving back to town between 6:30-7.
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