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Haida Gwaii Mini-Safari

8 days  ·  Vancouver, B.C. (return) → Sandspit, Haida Gwaii, B.C.  ·  Easy

Departing by air from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii, this trip is limited to five people (plus our guide) enabling us to use small group conveyances such as floatplanes and zodiacs to access remote areas.

Tour Summary

In Haida Gwaii, surround yourself in flourishing rainforests, windswept sand-dunes and endless beaches. Visit the totems that honour 10,000 years of history and meet a Haida Watchman. Sit down to a traditional feast of seafood, fresh from the ocean. This is where ancient culture is infused with relevance for us all.

We take in all this and more on our cultural exploration of the remote Queen Charlotte Islands, a colonial name recently replaced with Haida Gwaii which means “Islands of the People”.  A globally unique ecosystem that partially escaped the last ice-age, this archipelago of more than 150 islands evokes comparisons to the equally isolated and biologically diverse Galapagos Islands.

As a small group we unobtrusively visit quaint shops and galleries, spend time with our accommodation providers, and tread lightly in the rainforest. Follow our guide and to meet the Haida artisans we have come to know over the last decade. Visit with Haida Watchman at remote Anthony Island’s S'Gaang Gwaay Llinagaay, Ninstints, a UNESCO World Heritage Site or Skedans and Tanu. Experience Mary's Spring, Tow Hill, Balance Rock and the site of the Golden Spruce. Immerse yourself in the wild, ocean-swept landscape of Naikoon Provincial Park. Reconnect with your life-force. Leave calm, strong and inspired.

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Duration
8 days, 7 nights
Departs
Vancouver, B.C. (return)
Arrives
Sandspit, Haida Gwaii, B.C.
Activity Level
Easy
Max Group Size
Maximum: 5. Minimum to confirm: 2
Accommodation
The properties we stay at in Haida Gwaii include inns, cabins, lodges, motels, B and B's and small hotels. All accommodations include one / two queen / double bed and a private bathroom. Our properties all underscore our philosophy to utilize small-scale accommodation that offer character and cleanliness, pursue sound environmental practices and support local operators.
Transport
Van, taxi, zodiac, floatplane, ferry and commercial jet.
Meals
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Activity Notes
While we rate this tour as "Easy" guests should be prepared for uneven walking surfaces, bouncy ocean conditions on the zodiac trip, and travelling by floatplane. Walks and hikes vary from 20 minutes to an optional four hour hike.

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Included

  • Return airfare from Vancouver to Sandspit
  • Fully escorted with knowledgeable driver/guide
  • Tours of local villages, escorted walks and hikes
  • Transportation by van, ferry and float plane
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in hotels, motels and inns
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners and 1 lunch
  • All entrance fees to provincial, national parks and protected areas
  • Local excursions, ferries and museums and more! Please refer to our pre-departure information for all the details.

Not Included

  • Meals where not indicated
  • Gratuities for activities and driver/guide 
  • Optional activities
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • 5% GST

 

Optional Activities

Deep sea fishing (about $100 per hour with a four hour minimum)

Full day kayaking tour with lunch.


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