Ninstints, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada

Culture & Wildlife in Haida Gwaii



10 Days

Prices Start from

$8,510pp (ex. flights)

Sail the remote waters of Haida Gwaii, uncovering the ancient culture of the Haida First Nations people and exploring the nooks of this wild island chainset that protrudes from the western coast of British Columbia.

The Gwaii Haanas Reserve is one of the most important national reserves in North America and is strictly licensed – few are permitted to travel here, so to visit this area is a real privilege. Combining the ultimate bragging rights of having explored what National Geographic rated “the top National Park in North America” with a day exploring Vancouver, intrepid travellers embarking on this unique sailing are rewarded with a jam-packed archipelago exploration.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada 1

Time in Vancouver

Explore the seaport city of Vancouver and cross Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Pure Lake, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada 2

Explore Haida Gwaii

Cruise the wildlife-rich archipelago of remote islands and temperate rainforest, most of which is only accessible by boat.

Naikoon Park, Mossy Logs, Rainforest, Haida Gwaii, Canada 3

Gwaii Haanas Reserve

Explore the remarkable Gwaii Haanas Reserve with its plethora of elk, blacktail deer, eagles and black bears.

Island solitude boat exterior side view 4

Sail the Archipelago

Look out for humpback whales and dolphins while sailing around Haida Gwaii.

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  • Day 2

    Vancouver - Haida Gwaii

  • Days 3-9

    Haida Gwaii

  • Day 10

    Haida Gwaii - Vancouver

Day 1


Spend the day exploring Vancouver, whether that’s cycling in Stanley Park, meandering down the cobbled streets of Gas Town or sampling Canadian treats at Granville Island public market.

Day 2

Vancouver - Haida Gwaii

After breakfast, fly from Vancouver to Sandspit on Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii. Overnight at Sandspit Harbour Inn.

Days 3-9

Haida Gwaii

Visit the Haida Heritage Centre followed by a traditional Haida lunch. Later, board the Island Solitude for a safety briefing and welcome dinner. Spent the next few days sailing the archipelago of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve which protects a range of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

Day 10

Haida Gwaii - Vancouver

Fly back to Vancouver for onward travel home.

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Vancouver harbour, Canada
Vancouver, Canada


Spend the day exploring Vancouver, a city that is consistently voted as one of the best places to live in the world. Cycle the perimeter of Stanley Park, whilst taking in the breathtaking backdrop of the North Shore mountains plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Spot harbour seals from the sea wall in False Creek, sample Canadian treats at Granville Island public market, or visit the boutique shops of Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood.

Ocean, Landscape, Haida Gwaii, Canada
Haida Gwaii, Canada

Haida Gwaii

Known as the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ for its endemic wildlife, this remote archipelago off the northern coast of British Columbia, is a place of great cultural significance, natural beauty, and ecological importance. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich heritage of the Haida people who have inhabited these islands for more than 14,000 years. For a privileged insight into this ancient culture, journey onboard the 12-passenger Island Solitude to Haida village sites, hot springs and Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve where moss-draped cedars and the stories of ancestral connections between the land, sea and people are narrated through ancient totem poles.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Island Solitude £££££

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The latest addition to the fleet of vessels navigating the coast of British Columbia, Island Solitude is a 12-passenger sailing boat that was purposefully designed with eco-credentials in mind. Its six twin cabins each feature private bathrooms, and there is an excellent natural history library that is ideally suited to downtime during navigations. At an impressive 30% larger than its sister vessels Island Roamer and Island Odyssey, but still carrying the same number of passengers, the boat feels spacious and allows for all those on board to dine together in the wheelhouse. Inflatable boats and single and double kayaks are available to use during the journey.

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Cascadia £££££

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A charming 138-foot-long steel-hulled catamaran that accommodates up to 24 passengers in 12 spacious and comfortable cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom, Cascadia was purpose-built for luxury cruising. With a shallow hull that allows her to explore the most remote passages, there is nothing quite like Cascadia currently operating on the British Columbian coast. There is a cosy lounge area to relax after a day of adventures, a dining area serving up fresh delicacies from the Pacific Coast and an outside terrace that can be used for al fresco dining on warm evenings or for morning coffee. All itineraries include guided excursions by zodiac or on shore, and the more adventurous can take to the waters in a kayak for a close encounter with marine life.

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When to travel

Canada in January

January is an undoubtedly cold time of year in Canada, with temperatures reaching negative daily. However, visiting during this time can be a good chance to avoid the overwhelming busy times of the festive season and school holidays.

Canada in February

Winter in Canada offers an array of sporting and cultural events both indoors and out. Banff, Whistler and Jasper offer phenomenal ski resorts or perhaps be a spectator of an ice hockey match, arguably the country’s favourite sport.

Canada in March

While March can be a good off-peak time to visit, it is worth being prepared for drastic weather changes. However, this also means lower costs and fewer crowds. The mountains are still open for the ski season and cities are ideal as they are fewer tourists.

Canada in April

April marks the start of spring across Canada, a time to avoid crowds and discover all that the country has to offer with comfortable temperatures on average.

Canada in May

May is a favourable time to visit Canada, with temperatures rising, avoiding school holidays and off-peak rates.

Canada in June

For many travellers, June is the ideal time to visit Canada. Just before peak season, the weather is favourable and most of the trails and seasonal activities will have opened.

Canada in July

Summer in Canada calls for longer days to explore the natural beauty that awaits outdoors whether it’s hiking, fishing or camping. Temperatures average around 25, making cities quite warm but head into the wilderness or by the coast and enjoy the open air.

Canada in August

Summer is considered the peak season with warm temperatures and all attractions open. It is worth noting this time of year can be quite busy as it is school holidays.

Canada in September

As autumn rolls in and temperatures lower, September is a great time to avoid massive crowds and experience all that the country has to offer in comfortable weather. September is also the beginning of the salmon run, a peak time to see the bears fishing.

Canada in October

Temperatures continue to drop in October, also bringing cloudy days and rain. The autumn foliage is in full bloom across the countryside. This can also be a good time to take advantage of off-peak rates, however, it is worth bearing in mind that the weather can vary and some coastal towns will have started to close for the season.

Canada in November

November is a good time of year to visit the cities of Canada. It is too late to view the foliage and a bit too early to skiing yet, but a good time to explore cities across the country, in temperatures averaging 5 degrees.

Canada in December

The build-up to the festive season is in full swing across the country. Snow may have already started, making the perfect scene for ice skating and markets.

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