HAIDA GWAII EXPEDITION
DATES & RATES
June 30 to July 9, 2019
July 7 to July 16, 2019
$8,195 CAD + 5% tax
Single Supplement : Not available
Starts: Vancouver, BC
Ends: Sandspit, BC
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Limitation: 16 and older
DAY 1 ~ VANCOUVER
We’ll meet our guide in the lobby of Skwachàys Lodge to begin our day program.
In the evening, we will gather for a welcome dinner. We’ll also have an opportunity to meet an artist in residence.
DAY 2 ~ SANDSPIT
We fly to Sandspit, Moresby Island today. Upon arrival, a shuttle service will be provided from the airport to the Sandspit Adventures lodge, where we will spend the night. Our guide will point out highlights of the area. You will have the evening to relax with your fellow travellers.
DAY 3 ~ MORESBY ISLAND
We’ll transfer to Alliford Bay for the ferry to Graham Island. We’ll visit the Haida Heritage Centre for a guided tour followed by a Haida lunch at Keenawiis Kitchen. We’ll take a short walk at Spirit Lake and return to Moresby Island.
We board our vessel at Moresby Camp and anchor overnight nearby. We depart early the next morning into the waters of Southern Moresby Island to explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.
DAY 4 - 9 ~ EXPLORING HAIDA GWAII
Daily activities include wildlife watching, shore excursions to explore Haida villages, old growth forests, beautiful creeks, and intertidal zones. We hope to encounter black bears, humpback whales, porpoise, fin whales, sea lions and orca.
We’ll visit Windy Bay, site of the first totem pole raised in 130 years. And SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each evening we will anchor in a different bay, with a chance to explore the shoreline by kayak.
DAY 10 ~ SANDSPIT
We’ll disembark at Moresby Camp. There will be a charter bus waiting to shuttle the group to Sandspit airport. The trip by bus takes about an hour.
Travellers can do any last minute shopping at the souvenir shop located in the Sandspit Airport, prior to your afternoon flight to Vancouver.
END OF CRUISE
Explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and the National Marine Conservation area
Travel creeks threading through old-growth forests and navigate the waterways between the communities of the islands. View incredible landscapes and search for a rich array of wildlife. Explore villages in old-growth forests and destinations inaccessible by land.
Appreciate the richness of Haida culture
Enjoy a traditional Haida meal hosted at the home of a Haida elderVisit Haida Gwaii Museum and the Kay LInagaay Heritage Centre• Tour SGang Gwaay Linagaay, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Seek out multitudes of seabirds and marine life Tour a variety of coastal habitats with seasoned experts who know where to look for wildlife. Get down to water levels in sea kayaks for intimate exploration of the natural habitat!
All meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast on day 10
One hotel night in Vancouver at Skwachàys Lodge
One hotel night at Sandspit Adventures’ lodge
All museum and park fees
Passage aboard the SV Island Solitude
All ground transportation
Flights from home to Vancouver and Vancouver to Sandspit return
Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance
Discretionary trip cancellation and interruption insurance
Any expenses incurred due to changes beyond our control