Our tours focus on wilderness and culture. They are an opportunity to escape to an uncrowded, peaceful setting, and to learn about Haida culture on Haida Gwaii. For more information about the many places we visit on our trips, see our Where We Go page.
Our trips are for individuals, couples, families, friends, and any other type of group that wants an active, fun and hands-on experience in Gwaii Haanas. Our guests generally have a reasonable level of physical fitness and are agile enough to comfortably board a skiff and kayak. These are small group trips, and everyone rolls up their sleeves and pitches in. Meals are more enjoyable if everyone helps out preparing food and cleaning up! And we can guarantee that the food always tastes better when it’s a group effort to put it on the table. We’ve learned that this participatory approach inevitably results in new friendships, great stories, and a shared group experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
A typical day on our mothership kayak tours includes a tasty breakfast, followed by a morning kayak exploration of the surrounding inlet where the MV Atlas is anchored. Once the anchor is up, we usually travel to an ancient Haida village site. Along the way we often witness whales, bears, eagles and sea lions. If time permits, we might try a little fishing. After a tour of the village, we hop back on the boat and continue to explore the archipelago. A hike into lush old growth forests, beach walking, or more kayaking are common afternoon activities. A spectacular dinner as the sun sets wraps up the day, with guests falling into their comfortable bunks satisfied and wowed by the day’s adventures.
Trip highlights include the many ancient Haida village sites, including SGang Gwaay – a United Nations (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, recognized as a place of importance “to the history of mankind.” Juan Perez Sound and Burnaby Narrows are spectacular areas with abundant wildlife and rich biodiversity. It is not uncommon to see humpback whales, orcas, dolphins and bears, and the beauty of the wilderness around every rocky headland is never disappointing.
The flight to or from Atlas is also spectacular. You fly from the Village of Queen Charlotte with Inland Air Charters on a DeHavilland “Beaver” seaplane, arriving at or departing from Rose Harbour at the southern tip of the archipelago. The flight allows for you to see where you have been, or where you are going, from above – an amazing perspective that adds to the entire trip experience. It also allows us to offer tours in one direction only. We don’t retrace our steps like many operators, which means we have more time to do the important stuff – visit village sites, watch wildlife, kayak, and explore. Gwaii Haanas is so large and remote that even after 7 days we’re confident you will wish you had more time to see and do everything.