Atlas Ocean Tours featured in enRoute magazine!

April 21st, 2014

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The mystical beauty of Gwaii Haanas inspired a feature story in the April 2014 issue of enRoute magazine – the in-flight publication of Air Canada. Author Timothy Taylor and photographer Andrew Querner describe their week exploring the spectacular Gwaii Haanas coastline aboard MV Atlas.

Taylor and Querner’s experience highlights some of the amazing opportunities Gwaii Haanas offers to visitors. Hiking to the alpine meadows of Mt Yatza yielded a true appreciation of the uniqueness of Gwaii Haanas – where protection extends from mountain top to sea floor. Taylor noted the abundance and beauty of the area, noting that from Yatza’s summit “Gwaii Haanas is spread out around us… everything is connected to everything else.”

At the southern tip of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, Cape St James and the Kerouard Islands stretch out to the open Pacific. With the assistance of Captain James Nickerson, Taylor and Querner marvelled at “the end of the world” – home to a rich diversity of marine life including sealion colonies, seabirds, whales and dolphins.

Not surprisingly, food also featured predominantly in their Gwaii Haanas experience. From platters of prawns to salmon cooked over a fire on the beach, Taylor and Querner feasted aboard Atlas. They confirm that there is nothing finer than fresh seafood cooked to perfection as the sun sets in a calm inlet or bay, hundreds of miles from nowhere.

As Taylor shares – “We jig for rockfish off De la Beche Island. At the end of the day, we pull up prawn pots outside Skaat Harbour, which James cooks for dinner in spectacular style with chilies and garlic. We eat and sip pinot grigio. James tells stories of his childhood in these parts, walking the stream with his father, counting salmon. The MV Atlas is a cocoon of light suspended on the black sea, tucked into the folds of a sleeping island.” This is the true meaning of getting away from it all.

Atlas Ocean Tours is proudly an enRoute “Travel Essential” and a brilliant way to experience this remote wilderness, just a short flight from Vancouver.

Come discover Gwaii Haanas with Atlas as your mother ship, exploring “by kayak, by foot, by Zodiac … encounter the land and the sea as it might have once been experienced by [the Haida] in their most hallowed places.”

For a complete copy of the enRoute feature story, click here.

To book a trip to Gwaii Haanas with Atlas Ocean Tours, go to Book Your Trip.