The Haida Gwaii – formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands – are remote and provide an unparalleled natural history experience – amazing wildlife, old-growth rainforests, hot springs, and ancient Haida native villages. Haida Gwaii is home to the Haida – one of the most culturally rich and developed groups of people to inhabit early North America. The Haida name for the southern islands, Gwaii Haanas, appropriately translates as “islands of beauty” or “place of wonder” and are often called the Canadian Galapagos.
The ancient Haida sites are powerful places, and the wildlife showcases how truly unique and diverse the BC Coast is. Come aboard on the Island Roamer or Island Solitude for an adventure through the isles of Gwaii Haanas and experience diverse wilderness and wildlife on this amazing nature cruise.
The Island Solitude
This new vessel carries the same number of guests – on average 12. The increase in amenities of this vessel includes 6 guest cabins with two side-by-side berths and private, ensuite bathrooms in each. The on deck wheelhouse is expanded so the entire group can share deliciously prepared meals together while enjoying incredible, 360 degree vews! Environmentally, the engines exceed EPA emission standards and the modern hull design was designed for improved sailing performance making it more efficient for travel whether motoring or under sail.
The Island Roamer
A custom 68-foot ketch, launched in 1983. The boat’s design, safety and comfort make her perfect for these trips. She features 8 private cabins (double occupancy), 3 heads with hot showers, a large comfortable lounge with an extensive library, and a well-equipped galley. On deck, the large covered seating area provides protection in all types of weather. The Island Roamer is large enough for comfort, privacy and safety, and small enough to create a good rapport among passengers and crew.
Mrs Hastings - Travelled Alberta & BC
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Thank you enormously for the fabulous holiday you put in place for us. Everything went smoothly and the hotels were great. The Fairmont at Jasper were amazing - upgraded us, provided champagne and strawberries for our anniversary! Our favourite hotel was probably the Magnolia in Victoria which was just lovely - beautifully presented and such friendly and helpful staff. We are in love with Canada and would love to go back - the Rockies were literally awesome, and we also really enjoyed the buzz of vancouver and victoria. It all went far too quickly and hopefully we can return and do it all again! If so, I would not hesitate to come back to you and will recommend you to anyone I can.
Itinerary (7 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
This trip will start with overnight accommodation at the Inn at Sandspit, very close to...
This trip will start with overnight accommodation at the Inn at Sandspit, very close to the airport.
You will be met the following morning after breakfast at 8:30 by your trip guide. You will be taken by bus to the ferry landing and across to Skidegate on Graham Island. Activities for the day include a visit to the Haida Heritage Centre, followed by a traditional Haida lunch, renowned for its collection of Haida artifacts, and the new Qay’llnagaay Centre with its six new totem poles.
Following lunch, you may have time for a short walk around Spirit Lake before catching the ferry back to Moresby Island. Then you will be off to meet up with the Island Roamer, anchored at Moresby Camp, and her Crew. After boarding the vessel, introductions, a safety orientation and cabin assignments dinner will be served. You will spend the first evening anchored nearby and will depart early the next morning into the waters of Southern Moresby Island to explore the Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve.
You will spend your time exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily...
You will spend your time exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily activities include wildlife watching, shore excursions to explore beautiful forested creek walks, ancient Haida villages and perhaps exploring the shoreline by kayak. Each evening the boat will anchor in a different secluded spot in time for slide shows and discussions on the wildlife sightings encountered during the day. The daily itinerary is flexible to meet group interests, weather patterns and to take full advantage of wildlife sightings.
There are some 8 night departures, so this time on the cruise maybe extended by 1 night
The trip will finish mid morning and you will disembark “Island Roamer” at 11:00am at...
The trip will finish mid morning and you will disembark “Island Roamer” at 11:00am at Moresby Camp. There will be charter bus waiting to shuttle the group to Sandspit airport. The trip by bus takes about an hour. You can expect to arrive in Sandspit by midday. This will give you time to have lunch and do any last minute shopping at the souvenir shop located in the Sandspit Airport, prior to an afternoon flight to Vancouver or if you are not flying to Vancouver you can make easy connections to ferries or rent a car and continue your holidays.