Haida Gwaii Sailing Adventure

About the Experience

The wild beauty of Haida Gwaii touches all who visit. At the edge of the world, this area has over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged exposed headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains. Setting sail with us on our Haida Gwaii Sailing Adventure will stir your soul.

Theories suggest that parts of Haida Gwaii escaped the last ice age, forming a glacial refuge for certain forms of plant and animal life. This helps to explain the presence of plant species found nowhere else in the world, and noticeably different sub-species of bird, fish and mammal. Haida Gwaii nurtures a remarkable evolutionary showcase – hence being known as the “Canadian Galapagos.” We’ll wind our way through the archipelago to enjoy eight days of exploration!

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Haida Gwaii Sailing Adventure

About the Experience

The wild beauty of Haida Gwaii touches all who visit. At the edge of the world, this area has over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged exposed headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains. Setting sail with us on our Haida Gwaii Sailing Adventure will stir your soul.

Theories suggest that parts of Haida Gwaii escaped the last ice age, forming a glacial refuge for certain forms of plant and animal life. This helps to explain the presence of plant species found nowhere else in the world, and noticeably different sub-species of bird, fish and mammal. Haida Gwaii nurtures a remarkable evolutionary showcase – hence being known as the “Canadian Galapagos.” We’ll wind our way through the archipelago to enjoy eight days of exploration!

Check out a virtual tour of the 68ft yacht below.

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: NATURE WELCOMES YOU

We’ll begin the day with an a la carte breakfast, and the group will meet in front of the Inn in the morning. Our shuttle bus driver/guide will greet you for your Haida Gwaii land tour. We’ll transport to the ferry landing at Alliford Bay to take the ferry across to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island.

Our first stop will be the renowned Haida Heritage Centre or Kay Llnagaay on Graham Island for a guided tour followed by a traditional Haida lunch at Keenawii” s Kitchen, hosted by a local Haida family from Skidegate. Following lunch, we’ll have time for a short walk at Spirit Lake before catching the ferry back to Moresby Island. The shuttle will transport our group along the only road to where the vessel will be waiting. It is an active logging road and can sometimes be a bumpy ride! But be sure to keep your eyes out for black bears and Sitka deer at the side of the road. Wildlife abound!

We’ll arrive at Moresby Camp to board the vessel. Upon boarding the ship, you’ll meet the crew, cabins will be assigned, and everyone will participate in an introductory & safety orientation with dinner to follow.

We’ll spend our first evening anchored nearby and will depart early the next morning into the waters of Southern Moresby Island to explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

 

 

DAY 2- 7: SAIL AWAY

Sailing around paradise! We’ll spend our time exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily activities include wildlife viewing, shore excursions to explore ancient Haida villages, old-growth forests, beautiful creeks, shoreline, and intertidal zones. Be sure to keep an eye out and your cameras ready, as we will encounter a wealth of marine wildlife on our journey. We aim to spot humpback whales, porpoise, sea lions, orca and if we are lucky, fin whales. We hope to capture the sight of the mighty, Haida Gwaii black bear foraging along the shoreline for the myriad of intertidal creatures found in these nutrient-rich waters.

We’ll visit the old Haida village of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, to take in the fabulous totem poles. If weather permits, we will visit Windy Bay, which is the site of the first pole raised in 130 years honouring the 20th anniversary of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement to protect the natural and marine resources in 2013.

We will spend each evening in different secluded anchorages. During our daily shore or small boat excursions, our onboard naturalist will help identify different coastal plants, animals, birds and marine life. Interested participants can help keep a species list for the trip. There will be time to explore the protected waters using our stable sea-kayaks.

 

 

DAY EIGHT: ONWARDS

The trip will finish late morning, and you will disembark the vessel before noon at Moresby Camp. From there, our wild women group will be shuttled back to Sandspit airport.

You can expect to arrive in Sandspit by midday. This will give you time to have lunch at Brady’s Bistro at either the Sandspit Airport or at the dining room of the Sandspit Inn and do any last-minute shopping at the airport souvenir shop, before your afternoon flight to Vancouver.

 

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