Tailor-Made Holiday

Canada - Culture & Wildlife in Haida Gwaii

An ocean adventure exploring an archipelago of islands

11 days

from £7,395pp (excluding flights)

Sail the remote waters of Haida Gwaii and explore the ancient culture of the Haida First Nations people and the spectacular scenery of this island chain set on the west coast of British Columbia. 

  • Cruise the wildlife rich island archipelago of Haida Gwaii
  • Explore Gwaii Haanas Reserve rated by National Geographic the top National Park in North America
  • Visit the Haida Heritage Sites and view the monumental art and culture
  • Spot for wildlife including humpback whales, dolphins, black bears and a variety of seabirds
  • Walk the intact, ancient and temperate rainforest and visit village sites

Sail on the refurbished tug boat Swell, to explore the spectacular scenery and ancient culture of the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, cruise this island chain rich with marine wildlife and intertidal life and explore the vast primary rainforests. Haida Gwaii "Island of the People" continues to have a thriving Haida aboriginal culture making up over one third of the population.

The Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage to the south protects a large number of marine species including 20 species of whales, dolphins and porpoise along with a number of the cultural heritage sites. Whilst it is one of the leading parks in the North America, few are permitted to travel here, so to visit this area is a true privilege. Historical remnants of the First Nations Haida people can be visited on foot including the remains of houses together with carved mortuary and memorial totem poles illustrating their history. Days are spent walking through ancient forests or navigating the waters to explore the diverse wildlife of this remote island chain. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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  • 8 Nights / 9 Days on board SV Maple Leaf

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Vancouver


Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Vancouver is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, bustling throughout the year. Renowned for its scenic beauty and endless outdoor activities, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about.

Get active and cycle through Stanley Park, explore the North Shore mountain trails, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge or head out on kayak to explore English Bay.


You will be staying at L' Hermitage Vancouver, room only

Day 2

Time to Yourself
Vancouver is a city ideally explored on foot. The historic buildings of Gastown combined with the colourful Chinatown district offer a great contrast highlighting the diversity of Vancouver. Head down to Granville Market any day of the week and try some local produce. There are many art galleries and museums in the downtown area of the city that are worth a visit. The University of BC can be reached by car or bus and is home to an impressive collection of First Nations Art in the museum of Anthropology.


You will be staying at L' Hermitage Vancouver, room only

Day 3

Fly Vancouver to Masset


Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Meet at Masset airport arrivals lounge and join the group. Explore northern Graham Island regions which typically includes Masset, Old Masset, North Beach, Tow Hill.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 4

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Explore Tlell, Skidegate and the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay. In the afternoon board Swell and have a brief orientation before heading out sailing. Whale watching and island exploration will take place in the afternoon.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 5

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Visit a T'aanuu village site and Burnaby Narrows to view some of the planet's densest intertidal life.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 6

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Sail southwards in the Gwaii Haanas. Activities include a hike at Cape St. James, exploration of Woodruff Bay beach and fishing.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 7

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands Tour
Today visit Rose Harbour and SGang Gwaay Haida village site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 8

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands Tour
Activities include cruising, a forest walk, an estuary walk and possible bear viewing.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 9

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Sailing in Juan Perez Sound, whale watching and visit seabird researchers at seabird colony.


You will be staying at Cascadia, full board

Day 10

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Visit to Windy Bay cultural heritage site, whale watching, K'uuna (Skedans) Haida Village Site.

Day 11

Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands
Cruising through to Sandspit.

Fly Sandspit to Vancouver

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

L' Hermitage Vancouver

L' Hermitage Vancouver

L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver is a 60-room, high-end boutique property, located on the corner of Richards and Robson Street, in the very heart of Vancouver's shopping and entertainment district....

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Swell

Swell

Swell is an 80ft tug boat that accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 double cabins, all with private bathrooms offering passengers remote access into Canada's rugged wilderness....

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