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Haida Gwaii Kayaking Tours

July - August
8 Days
YZP ( via YVR )


An Ecological Gem - Canada’s Galapagos

Note: All guests must be fully vaccinated to participate in this trip.

Our Haida Gwaii kayaking tours explore Gwaii Haanas National Park and offer both a remarkable environment and rich cultural heritage. The Islands of Haida Gwaii are referred to as Canada’s Galapagos because of their unique ecology. You will stay at beach camps where generations of Haida paddlers have landed their magnificent cedar canoes and where the rainforest floors are covered with a thick carpet of moss.

Kayaking sunny Island Bay, Haida Gwaii

The Best of the Park

We run our Haida Gwaii kayak tours in the remote southern portion of Gwaii Haanas National Park. The trips are timed for the best weather and structured as a journey between what we feel are the two most compelling features of the Park, the tapestry of brightly-colored sea stars at Burnaby Narrows, the highest density of intertidal life on the planet, and the standing totem poles at the SGang Gwaay village (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sea Stars at Burnaby Narrows

A Haida Place

Located 80 miles off Canada’s extreme northwest coast, the islands of Haida Gwaii (meaning Haida Place) are home to the Haida, an indigenous people with a formidable sea-going lineage and a remarkable artistic tradition. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (Gwaii Haanas means Place of Wonder) was founded to protect the natural and cultural integrity of the remote southern portion of the archipelago.
Haida Watchman Telling the Story of a SGang Gwaay Totem Pole

A Wilderness Kayak Journey

Sea kayaking routes on the west coast of Canada are some of the best in the world and experienced paddlers regard Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, as the best of the best. You’ll travel the Islands in style using the best equipment available. Each day your guides will surprise and delight you with freshly prepared meals that reflect Tofino Expeditions’ reputation for high-quality trip food and campfire cuisine.
Kayaks at Sunrise Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii

An Internationally Recognized Destination

National Geographic rated Gwaii Haanas National Park as the top park destination in North America — “Beautiful and intact. A great model for other regions.” Outside Magazine Travel Awards rated Haida Gwaii as “Best Islands.” UNESCO has declared the village of SGang Gwaay with its intact totem poles a World Heritage Site. Selected as one of the New York Times "52 PLACES TO GO IN 2020".
Kayakers at the SGang Gwaay Village Totem Poles, Haida Gwaii

Northwest Coast Wildlife

Your guides take you on a multi-day kayak camping journey through the southern portion of Gwaii Haanas, a place where sea lions lounge on rocky haul-outs; gulls, petrels and tufted puffins perch on cliffs; humpback and orca whales glide through the channels and straits; and tidal shallows are scattered with brightly colored sea stars.
Bald Eagle in Cedar Tree, Haida Gwaii

A Powerful Experience of History, and Culture

Feel the silent power of the standing totem poles at the SGang Gwaay (Skung Gwaii) UNESCO World Heritage Site. Float through the richest inter-tidal life on the planet at Burnaby Narrows. Experience the incomparable blend of landscape, cultural history, and wildlife that make Gwaii Haanas National Park truly a place of wonder.
Haida Totem Poles at Skung Gwaii Village

Haida Gwaii Selected

Haida Gwaii was selected as one of the New York Times "52 PLACES TO GO IN 2020".
"On this isolated archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, you’ll see more bald eagles than people on hiking trails and experience powerful Indigenous sites in near solitude. That’s by design: The Haida First Nations people who live here fiercely protect their natural and cultural resources with sustainable, small-group tourism. Visitors are rewarded with a deep connection to place and people, especially at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), an extraordinary UNESCO site in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, accessible only by boat." — ARABELLA BOWEN for the NY Times
Haida Gwaii

The Client Experience

"I have been a mountain guide for more than 30 years, but know nothing about ocean kayaking. So I booked a trip for my 63 year old sister, her partner, my 13 year old daughter, my partner, and myself. Grant and Jess took us from the ancient totem poles of SGang Gwaay to the tidal flats of Burnaby Narrows in Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. It was an immersion in a totally different world, facilitated by a fellow guide whom I salute. We encountered whales blowing, sea lions bellowing, and salmon jumping. Needless to say, the organization, the food, and the guiding were smooth and well thought out. We got great food, we had very good kayaks and tents, and decisions were made at the right time and communicated well. Grant always knew where the group was at, was generous in sharing his knowledge, and I learnt a thing or two about guiding from him. I recommend this operator in general and this trip in particular." — Christoph Dietzfelbinger, Bear Mountaineering Smithers, BC
Happy kayakers in camp on Haida Gwaii

Guiding Matters

Tofino Expeditions has been operating trips in Haida Gwaii since 1992. As one of the most experienced kayak guide teams working in the Gwaii Haanas, we know the Park in a way few paddlers do - Meet the Haida Gwaii Guide Team.  All of our trips are run with tandem expedition kayaks because their added speed (at least 25 percent faster than singles) and stability ensures safety, comfort and route success. Our Gwaii Haanas program is operated by the same Canadian company that I founded in Tofino in 1988 and has been running trips on the BC Coast ever since. Have questions? Call me at 800-677-0877 — Grant Thompson, Founder and Owner, Tofino Expeditions
Tofino Expeditions' Haida Gwaii Guide Team

Writer's Perspective

Travel writer Jayme Moye and her partner came on our Heart of Gwaii Haanas trip in 2018. This year Jayme won the prestigious, Keith Bellows Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism, the first woman to do so. From the North American Travel Journalists Association press release: “Jayme personifies Keith’s passion for travel and using the power of journalism to create awareness and appreciation of people, cultures, and nature.”

Jayme’s piece about her Haida Gwaii paddling trip with Tofino Expeditions appeared in the award winning travel journal, “Hidden Compass”.

"What The Forest Knows"

Haida Gwaii Kayaking - What the Forest Knows



Saturday - Sandspit

Haida Gwaii Kayaking Tour Travel Notes

Guests need to arrive in Sandspit airport (YZP) on the northeast tip of Moresby Island the day before the first scheduled day of the trip. Upon arrival check in with Moresby Explorers to confirm where you need to meet up the following day. The balance of the day is free to explore Sandspit, walk the beach, and watch some of the many bald eagles that dot the treetops along the shoreline.
Overnight: Sandspit
Meals: None
Day 1

Sunday - Sandspit to Gwaii Haanas Park

At approximately 7:30 AM, the Moresby Explorers will pick you up and drive the group to Moresby Camp, a small Bay on Cumshuwa Inlet. There, you will board the Moresby Explorers’ inflatable for an exhilarating 2½-hour trip along the coast of Moresby Island to Wanderer Island just north of Burnaby Narrows. After settling into camp there will be a sea kayaking orientation and an exploration of the area to try out new skills.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 2

Monday - Burnaby Narrows

After breakfast, we start our Haida Gwaii kayaking trip and set course for Burnaby Strait and Dolomite Narrows (Burnaby Narrows). The dramatic profile of Yatza Mountain dominates the skyline as we round the southern tip of Burnaby Island. Floating the narrows by kayaking we will experience the colorful pageant of this biological wonder at close quarters before returning to our camp on Wanderer Island.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Tuesday - Skincuttle Inlet

An early start. After a breakfast, we will load the kayaks and set out passing between Burnaby and Moresby Islands. Crossing Skincuttle Inlet, the ecological reserve of the Copper Islands is visible to the north. We pass the old village site of Hagi on Bolkus Island, and the abandoned mine works at Jedway as we head south toward our first campsite.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Wednesday - Deluge Point, Ikeda Cove, and Collison Bay

Today we will continue south crossing Collison Bay, the site of one of the earliest European settlements on the islands, toward Goodwin Point, past the Rankine Islands ecological reserve sea bird nesting site toward our campsite, the old village site of Kaidju at Benjamin Point. A short walk across the point from the protected north cove leads to a remarkable view of the point’s winter storm battered south shore.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5

Thursday - Benjamin Point to Houston Stewart Channel

Rounding Benjamin Point, we get our first view of Kunghit Island. As we swing into Houston Stewart Channel, we enter a narrow passageway from Hecate Strait to the Pacific and paddle into the territory of the Kunghit Haida and their last chief: Ninstints. Our camp is on Ross Island.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Friday - Houston Stewart to Louscoone Point

Riding the tide through the remainder of Houston Stewart, we get an expanding view of the Pacific and finally Anthony Island comes into view to the west. After rounding the southern tip of Moresby Island through Cape Fanny, we head toward our camp tonight at Louscoone Point, an ideal jumping off spot for our visit to the ancient village of SGang Gwaay on Anthony Island.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Saturday - The Totems of SGang Gwaay

A short but dramatic paddle takes us past Adam Rocks and into the protected cove on the west side of the island. Entering the old village one can’t help but be touched by the haunting majesty of the standing poles. We will spend as much time as possible exploring the village and have a visit with the Haida Watchmen (the Haida caretakers of the ancient sites in the park who are well known for extending legendary Haida hospitality) before setting out for Raspberry Cove.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Sunday - Return to Sandspit

The final day of our Haida Gwaii kayaking adventure — a leisurely morning on Ross Island, as we pack up personal gear and await the arrival of Moresby Explorers. The return trip is scheduled to have participants back in Sandspit by very late afternoon or early evening.
Overnight: Sandspit
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


A Note on Itineraries
Itineraries are intended as guidelines only. Tofino Expeditions reserves the right to change the itinerary without advance notice at the discretion of the guides, due to weather conditions or other general or logistical situations at the time of the trip. Tofino Expeditions is committed to producing trips of consistently high quality and safety without compromise.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: None


Wilderness Trip

This is a wildness trip and there are no facilities in the park. We use the finest camping equipment available and on this trip we use Mountain Hardwear 4 Season mountaineering tents. Two guests share a tent designed for 3 persons so there is plenty of space. The campsites offer views to rival any in the world.

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At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Trip Length
7/2/23 - 7/9/23
7/2/23 7/9/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
3 places
2023 Departure
7/9/23 - 7/16/23
7/9/23 7/16/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
2023 Departure
7/16/23 - 7/23/23
7/16/23 7/23/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
2023 Departure
7/23/23 - 7/30/23
7/23/23 7/30/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
Sold Out
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7/30/23 - 8/6/23
7/30/23 8/6/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
2 places
2023 Departure
8/6/23 - 8/13/23
8/6/23 8/13/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
3 places
2023 Departure
8/13/23 - 8/20/23
8/13/23 8/20/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
2023 Departure
8/20/23 - 8/27/23
8/20/23 8/27/23 8 Days
2790 CDN / 2290 US
2023 Departure
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • Professional guides
  • Transportation in and out of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
  • Expedition kayaks, tents, PFD’s (life jackets) and safety equipment (including satellite phone)
  • All camp meals prepared by Tofino Expeditions staff
  • Group camping equipment
  • Comprehensive on-trip resource library
  • Group first aid kit

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Sandspit
  • National park user fee $148.50 Cdn
  • Taxes (5% Goods and Services)
  • Insurance of Any Kind *
  • Tipping of Guides 
Note: There is no single supplement on this trip.
* We strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical care and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons.
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