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Haida Gwaii Kayaking Tours

July - August
8 Days
YZP ( via YVR )


Kayaking An Ecological Gem - Canada’s Galapagos

Our Haida Gwaii kayaking tours explore Gwaii Haanas National Park and offer both a rich environment and rich cultural heritage. The Islands of Haida Gwaii are referred to as Canada’s “Galapagos” because of their unique ecology.
Kayaking sunny Island Bay, Haida Gwaii

A Haida Place

Located 80 miles off Canada’s extreme northwest coast, the islands of Haida Gwaii (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 Skung Gwaii 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 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.
Kayaks Skirt Moresby Island Coastline, Haida Gwaii

Timed for the Best Weather

Our trips are defined by more than 20 years’ experience guiding in Haida Gwaii. They are designed as point-to-point journeys that visit the best attractions of the Park and timed for the best weather of the year.
Sunny Kayaking 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.” The Outside Magazine 2013 Travel Awards rated Haida Gwaii as “Best Islands.” UNESCO has declared the village of Skung Gwaii with its intact totem poles a World Heritage Site.
Kayakers at the Skung Gwaii 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


Arrival - 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 6:30 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 Skun Gwaii on Anthony Island.
Overnight: Wilderness Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Saturday - The Totems of Skung Gwaii

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

Monday - Departure

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 brand 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.


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
7/2/2017 - 2/9/2017
7/2/2017 2/9/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
7/9/2017 - 7/16/2017
7/9/2017 7/16/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
7/16/2017 - 7/23/2017
7/16/2017 7/23/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
7/23/2017 - 7/30/2017
7/23/2017 7/30/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
7/30/2017 - 8/6/2017
7/30/2017 8/6/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
8/6/2017 - 8/13/2017
8/6/2017 8/13/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
2 places
8/13/2017 - 8/20/2017
8/13/2017 8/20/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
8/20/2017 - 8/27/2017
8/20/2017 8/27/2017 8 days
1990 US/ 2395 CDN
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
  • 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.
Haida Gwaii Awards
World Class Destination
Outside Magazine
2013 Travel Awards
"Best Islands"

National Geographic Traveler
"Best of the World - 20 Places You Should See in 2015"

Client Review
We had a marvelous time on our Gwaii Haanas trip! This was our 25th Anniversary “cruise” — one of the most enjoyable vacations we have ever had. Thanks! The guides made a great team as did our group.
George and Jeanetta Zorn , Salmon Arm, BC

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