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Burnaby Island to Ninstints - Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site

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This trip traverses the southern section of Gwaii Haanas, starting near Burnaby Island and traveling south. It’s an area known for it’s rugged beauty, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, and spectacular campsites.

Heading south from Burnaby Island, we cross Skincuttle Inlet, and pass the abandoned Haida village of Haigi, long since deserted as a result of the smallpox epidemic. We also pass by the former townsite of Jedway, a community that developed to extract the mineral deposits in the area. It also has long since been absorbed back into the environment by the magnificent forests of Haida Gwaii.

Towards the southern end of the trip, we turn into Houston Stewart Channel, separating Moresby Island from Kungit Island, also the location of Rose Harbour – an abandoned whaling station.

Near the end of the trip we will visit the poles at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Linagaay), weather and sea state permitting, and our final campsite is usually on the west side of Haida Gwaii, looking out into the open pacific.

Sea Kayaking Haida Gwaii

Departure Point: Sandspit  
8 days of kayaking
2013 Dates: July 15 to 22, 2013
                     July 22 to 29, 2013
                     July 29 to August 5, 2013

Cost: $2750 CAD per person plus 5% GST (visitors to Canada receive a 50% point of sale rebate on the GST)

Includes: National Park user fees of $120 per person is included in the above price. We provide you will all the necessary kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jacket, PFD (life jacket), group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags(you may bring your own). A comprehensive list of required personal items can be viewed here. All meals during the kayak trip are provided and prepared by your guides. We’re proud of our menu that includes abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide variety of international dishes, and freshly baked treats. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated given sufficient prior notification. Transportation is all-inclusive from Sandspit by our network of vans and water taxis and/or float planes.

What is not included: We do not provide transport from your home to Sandspit, nor do we provide airport transfers. Any meals outside the kayak portion of the tour are your responsibility. Travel insurance for accidents or emergency evacuation is not provided; we recommend you purchase a policy before leaving home. The trip price does not include guide gratuities; should you feel that the service was exemplary, it is always appreciated.

Suggested reading: All of our tours carry a small library of field guides and local history books, including many listed below. We recommend the below books if you want to learn a bit about the area before visiting. Each title is linked to Amazon.com and will open in a new window.

The Queen Charlotte Islands Book 2: Of Places and Names
Ninstints: Haida World Heritage Site
The Golden Spruce: A True Story Of Myth, Madness, And Greed
Raven's Cry
Islands at the edge: Preserving the Queen Charlotte Islands Wilderness
To The Charlottes - George's Dawson's 1878 Survey of the Queen Charlotte Islands
A Guide to the Queen Charlotte Islands
Chiefs of the Sea and Sky: Haida Heritage Sites of the Queen Charlotte Islands

Charts: You do not need to bring charts on this trip. Your guides have charts of the area and will review them with guests each day. If you wish to bring your own copy of charts the following are needed for this trip. Each chart is linked do the corresponding page on the Canadian Hydrographic Service's website and you can search where to buy these charts locally (links will open in a new window).

Chart 3808 - Juan Perez Sound - 1:37,500
Chart 3809 - Carpenter Bay to/ Burnaby Island - 1:37,500
Chart 3825 - Cape St. James to/ Houston Stewart Channel - 1:40,000

The below chart covers the entire area of this tour but not does provide the same level of detail as the above charts
Chart L/C3853 - Cape St. James to/ Cumshewa Inlet and/et Tasu Sound - 1:150,000