Northern Gwai Haanas Explorer, 8 days
Please note: Some of the Northern Gwaii Haanas Explorer kayak tours start at or near Tanu Island in the northern half of Gwaii Haanas and travel south as outlined in this itinerary. However, some tours travel in the reverse direction, starting near Burnaby Island in the central part of Gwaii Haanas and kayaking north to Tanu Island.
- Day 0: Guests need to arrive in Sandspit the day before the trip departs. At 7:00 PM there is a pre-trip meeting with a Kingfisher guide at Moresby Explorers’ office, next to the Seaport B&B. At the meeting your guide(s) provide you with an overview of the trip, provide a mandatory Gwaii Haanas orientation, distribute dry bags to pack your gear, and answer any last minute questions you may have.
Meals Included: None
- Day 1: You are picked up at your accommodation at approximately 7:30 AM by van. We travel over logging roads for about one hour to Moresby Camp where we then board an open zodiac (rigid hull inflatable boat) for an approximately two hour exhilarating ride into Gwaii Haanas.
Upon arrival at our first remote campsite, we set up camp and have a kayak and safety orientation. After lunch we try out the kayaks for the first time, exploring the waters surrounding camp.
Meals Included: Lunch – Dinner
- Days 2 to 7: The tour starts at the northern end of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site and travels south. Early in the trip we visit the Haida cultural site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu). If weather condition allow we travel along the eastern shore of Lyell Island to Hlk’yah GaawGa (Windy Bay). The northern half of Gwaii Haanas provides numerous kayaking routes for us to choose, from the open water of Hecate Strait to more sheltered inner waters.
Mid-way through the trip we cross Juan Perez Sound. The sound and the surrounding bays and inlets provide plenty of great wildlife viewing opportunities and great beaches for camping. Continuing south, we aim for Burnaby Island, with a possible visit to Burnaby Narrows, known for its rich concentration of intertidal life.
The actual kayaking route depends on the weather, sea conditions, and abilities of the group, but while each kayak tour is unique, we believe all are spectacular.
Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Day 8: On the last day of the kayak tour, you have time to reminisce about the previous days over a leisurely breakfast. The zodiac generally arrives about midday for the journey back to Sandspit where you have the opportunity to get together with the rest of your group for a no-host farewell dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch