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SlideshowSea Kayaking Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and Gwaii Haanas National Park

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

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This trip is our longest offering, and it provides visitors to Gwaii Haanas with the opportunity to truly explore almost the entire Park. This experience will start near the northern boundary of Gwaii Haanas, and will culminate near the south end after a visit to he UNESCO World Heritage Site of SGang Gwaay Llnagaay (Anthony Island, Ninstints). It includes all the highlights found in the other trips, including visits to T'aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) and Hlk'yah GaawGa (Windy Bay) and Gandll K'in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island).

Given the length of the trip, it also offers the best opportunities to view wildlife as the longer you’re in the field, the better your chances. Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, and Black Bears are all prolific in this area.

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

Sea Kayaking Haida Gwaii

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

Cost: $5000 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 3807 - Atli Inlet to/ Selwyn Inlet - 1:37,5000
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