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Celebrating 35 Years of Award Winning Sea Kayaking Adventures

Kayaker soaking in the pools at Hotsprings Island on a Haida Gwaii kayaking tour.

Kayak Hot Springs to Totem Poles

Trip Length
11 Days
YZP ( via YVR )
Skill Level
The vista from Hotspring Island

Hotspring to Totems

Note: We only offer this itinerary when the tide cycle aligns with our regular program, so not every year.

This extended paddling trip in Gwaii Haanas Nation Park Reserve includes the broad expanse of Juan Perez and as well as a visit to the beautiful natural hot springs at Gandll K'in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island). Paddling southbound, this remarkable adventure also includes the colorful tapestry of life at K'iid (Burnaby Narrows), the highest density of intertidal life on the planet. Note: We only offer this itinerary when the tide cycle is in line with our regular program, so not every year.

Interpretive tour of the totem poles at SGang Gwaay

A Natural and Cultural Adventure

The trip culminates with an unforgettable visit to the standing totem poles of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) and an in-depth interpretive tour conducted by a Haida Watchmen. This itinerary is perfect for anyone desiring an extensive and immersive wilderness experience that leaves little doubt that Gwaii Haanas is genuinely a "Place of Wonder."

Haida Gwaii black bear foraging on beach.

A Trip Filled with Highlights

Soak in the hot pools of Hotspring Island and take in the sweeping vista from pools. Explore the islands of expansively beautiful Juan Perez Sound. Experience the highest density of inter-tidal life in the world at Burnaby Narrows. Paddle a route rich in wildlife and camp at the sites of ancient villages. Feel the silent power of the standing totem poles at the SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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


I had a wonderful time and Iā€™m so glad I decided to go! All three of my kayak excursions with Tofino Expeditions have been more than vacations, they have been life enriching and educational. A joy, thank you!!

Jo Frey, WA View Trips

National Geographic Award

Best Outfitters on Earth - National Geographic

Tofino Expeditions was the highest rated sea kayaking adventure travel company in a National Geographic Adventure survey of international outfitters based on:

  • Quality of Service
  • Education
  • Sustainability
  • Spirit of Adventure
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