Central Gwai Haanas Explorer, 5 days
The five day Central Gwaii Haanas Explorer tour has a more relaxed pace than our longer Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours and is a great way to experience some of the best features of Gwaii Haanas without the same time and energy commitment.
- Price: $1995 CAD per person plus 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- Group Size: Maximum of eight guests and two guides
- Participants: This tour is adult-oriented but participants as young as 15 may be accepted
- Suitability: Intermediate to advanced kayakers
- Departs: Sandspit, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
During the zodiac boat ride into Gwaii Haanas to begin the kayak tour we have the opportunity to visit the Haida village site of K'uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), with it's big house remains and standing memorial and mortuary standing poles. Additional highlights of this tour include soaking in the natural pools at Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island) and kayaking the wildlife rich waters of Juan Perez Sound.
Gandll K’in Gwaayaay (Hot Spring Island) has traditionally provided food in abundance and waters that would comfort, heal and nourish body and soul. The hot spring water stopped flowing after a major earthquake struck off the west coast of Haida Gwaii in 2012. A year later, the Gwaii Haanas staff noticed some springs were beginning to flow again, and in the years since, several new ones have emerged at lower elevations, closer to the shore. In 2017, three new pools were built and the hot springs can once again be enjoyed by all visitors.
The central section of Gwaii Haanas provides numerous kayaking routes to choose between, and we may paddle sheltered channels, secluded bays, and exposed coastline. Being a more relaxed trip does not mean that we spend less time kayaking but that we can take the time to more fully explore the bays, inlets, and channels. We usually camp at three different sites during this tour and while the last site is less than ten miles in a straight line from our first site, there is over a hundred of miles of coastline and dozens of islands to explore along our circuitous route.
Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant throughout Gwaii Haanas. Kayaking quietly along the shore we may come across deer, black bears, and pine martens. Humpback whales may be seen throughout Gwaii Haanas and are often seen feeding in Juan Perez Sound. With 750,000 nesting seabirds and more bald eagle nests per kilometre of shoreline than anywhere else in Canada, Gwaii Haanas is a birder’s dream.
Includes: We provide you with all the necessary kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets, PFD (life jacket), group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags (you may bring your own). 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. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site Fees.
What is not included:
- Transport from your home to Sandspit
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in Sandspit
- Any meals outside the kayak portion of the tour are your responsibility.
- Travel insurance
- The trip price does not include guide gratuities; should you feel that the service was exemplary, it is always appreciated