Venture into the ‘Galapagos of the North’ on this Canadian expedition
Journey to Canada’s most remote and stunning region on this 8-day expedition. At the heart of this trip is Haida Gwaii – an isolated and wildlife-rich archipelago continuously inhabited by the Haida Nation for over 10,000 years. Discover the beauty of the ‘Galapagos of the North’ and search for ancient totem poles and the remnants of colonial life among evergreen rainforest. In addition to the splendid nature of Haida Gwaii, this takes you on a rare voyage into Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, where you will cruise through the waters of a protected area very few people are permitted to enter to spot wild grizzlies, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. This trip is a breath of fresh air for nature lovers.
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Traipse the rugged islands of Haida Gwaii, the isolated heartland of the Haida people. Archaeological evidence suggests they have called the islands home for 13,000 years.
Spend a day on Louise Island. Take a guided tour among ancient totem poles being swallowed by moss and vines in Skedans, then enjoy a lunch of fresh-caught salmon and venison.
Explore the Naikoon Provincial Park. This mixture of rainforest, sand dunes, wetlands and more than 150 kilometres of beach that features heavily in traditional Haida stories.
Encounter behemoth grizzly bears in the wild during a trip to Khutzeymateen, a bear sanctuary and protected area where few human visitors are permitted.
More inclusions, a slower pace and hotel accommodation along the way – this trip is a comfortable way to explore Canada’s remote wilderness.
There are trips, and then there are adventures. This expedition falls into the latter category. As we are travelling to incredibly remote areas, expect mobile and internet reception to be spotty and some convenience items to be hard to come by.
The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. This trip involves multiple excursions in open-air boats, and you can expect to be cold when on the water. As they say in Masset: ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait 20 minutes.’
Some of the best scenery in Canada is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.
For going ashore at uninhabited islands, it is necessary to use a Zodiac boat (panga). You will need to be comfortable climbing in and out of one during wet and dry landings.
Trip departures are unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Haida Gwaii Islands Expedition trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
TRAVEL TO PRINCE RUPERT
Traveling to Prince Rupert is simple. We recommend flying with Air Canada from Vancouver. Air Canada operates daily flights from Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Prince Rupert Airport (YPR) and return daily flights from Prince Rupert to Vancouver YPR (Prince Rupert Airport) is on an island, approximately 20 minutes by ferry from the City of Prince Rupert. Travelers aboard scheduled airlines are transferred by bus and ferry to downtown Prince Rupert as part of their ticket.
Once you leave your aircraft, you will enter the Terminal Building. You will claim your luggage in the baggage claim area and head to the shuttle bus that is conveniently located outside the airport terminal. The shuttle then boards the Digby Island Ferry to the shuttle bus terminal in the City of Prince Rupert which adjoins the Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel. Your hotel, Inn on the Harbour is within an easy 1 minute walking distance.
Taxis are generally parked beside the shuttle terminal so the option of taking a taxi to accommodation is available if required. Skeena Taxi +1 250-624-2185. For departure, the same steps apply.
Travelers must go to the shuttle bus terminal at the Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel, hand over their luggage and board the shuttle to Prince Rupert Airport.
A single supplement is available on this trip.
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE
This Trip require a minimum of 4 passengers to be Guaranteed
A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
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