The Spirit of Haida Gwaii
the Canadian Galapagos
Discover the “edge of the world.” Located off the northwest coast of BC, Haida Gwaii is the ideal destination to experience the rugged and remote wilderness that British Columbia is known for. With moss-covered rainforest and ancient village sites Haida Gwaii can feel mythic. This chain of islands is home to the Haida Nation and it is one of Canada’s most historically, culturally and geographically unique areas. Visit once and you will leave wanting more.
DAY 1 – QUEEN CHARLOTTE, BC
Depart Vancouver today on a short flight to Sandspit arriving this afternoon. After a quick ferry ride over to Graham Island, arrive into the village of Queen Charlotte for a three-night stay at the Sea Raven Motel.
(Please note rooms are clean and comfortable but not up to our usual standards.)
DAY 2 – QUEEN CHARLOTTE
The village of Skidegate is a cultural centre of the Haida Nation. Here you can experience a wide assortment of local art, crafts, jewellery and unique offerings. The Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Linagaay is a celebration of the living Haida culture and is located on an ancient village site. It opened in 2007 and was designed to resemble the traditional village that once stood there. The Haida Gwaii Museum showcases an outstanding collection of contemporary and historical art, collections of artifacts and permanent and temporary special exhibits. Tonight, experience the “Haida Feast.”
Located in Skidegate, the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre is the premier museum and cultural centre of the Haida people.
Experience a traditional Haida Feast hosted by local Chef Roberta Olsen of Keenawaii’s Kitchen. Savour multiple courses, freshly prepared (from scratch) with ingredients grown or caught on the island. Enjoy a small taste of Haida culture in an unforgettable way!
DAY 3 – QUEEN CHARLOTTE
This morning depart from the dock in Skidegate for your full-day tour to the Skedans. Arrive back early this evening.
EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS
K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) is a must see when visiting Haida Gwaii. Depart on a closed-cabin landing craft vessel for a full-day experience filled with wildlife viewing, sightseeing and history.
Passing through the Laskeek Bay area, visit the sea lion rookeries, search for bears and keep a lookout for whales all while listening to your guide’s stories giving you a glimpse into the rich heritage. Spend a few hours onsite exploring this unique historic cultural site.
DAY 4-5 – MASSET, BC
Heading north we will make our way to the Village of Masset which will be our hub for the next two days of exploring. Port Clements, Old Masset, Balance Rock, St. Mary’s Spruce, Tow Hill and Agate Beach are among the offerings. We will stay at the quaint Masset Oceanview Hotel for our final nights.
DAY 6 – RETURN HOME
Enjoy the last morning before flying home this afternoon from Masset to Vancouver.