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Cruise the waters of Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands on this boat tour along the BC coast


Cruise the Queen Charlotte Islands - Haida Gwaii on this spectacular small group boat tour.  One hundred kilometres west of BC's north coast, lies the magical, awe inspiring islands of Haida Gwaii.  The southern portion of these islands, once threatened by clear cut logging, are now Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. 

Located on the edge of the Pacific Continental Shelf, with its shores bathed in the nutrient rich waters, these islands have been dubbed the 'Canadian Galapogos'.  Because the Haida First Nations People had such an abundance of food, they had time to develop one of the world's most powerful and creative aboriginal cultures.  The Haida culture is a large part of the focus of our trips in Gwaii Haanas National Park.  

During your travels into the Park you visit the old Haida villages of Skedans, Tahnoo, Sgang Gwaay, (a World Heritage Site) and also Gandll K'in (Hot Springs Island).  In each of these sites, Haida Watchmen, (interpreters) will greet and share with us the life and culture of each of these awe inspiring and very spiritual places.  Stories told by these Haida interpreters will take you back to a time when these villages were bustling with the activity of thousands of Haida people.  You will be able to walk alone on trails, if you wish, through these old villages and have the time to see, hear and smell, all that makes these sacred places so special.

Haida Gwaii has been separated from the mainland for so long, much of the land escaped the last ice age therefore many unique and genetically different species that cannot be found anywhere else in Canada, exist on these islands.  (Even the larger black bears found here are genetically different from their relatives on the mainland.)  These islands are a bird watchers 'eden': you may see Tufted Puffins, Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, Sand hill Cranes, Murrelets, Shearwaters, Cormorants, Oyster Catchers, some of which only come on land to nest in the summer, spending the rest of their lives at sea.  

It is not unusual for us to spend hours, surrounded by groups of Humpbacks-- just a short distance from the ship.  Minke whales are often seen and Dall's Porpoises and White Sided Dolphins love to join us for a ride on our bow wave.  A "float" through Burnaby Narrows in the zodiac and kayaks, at nearly low tide, is one of the highlights of these trips.  

A trip to the natural hot springs is always welcome.  Take a shower in the bathhouse and then walk the seaside trails, cut into the salal matted rocks, in search of the pool with the perfect temperature.  As the warm water of the pool envelopes you, you will see sweeping ocean vistas stretch out before you.  

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
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ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

July

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
6
GUIDE INFORMATION

Led by our professional, fully qualified bear guide(s), guests will travel in our 16-foot hard bottomed zodiac, up rivers and along shorelines looking for Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Coastal Wolves and perhaps even the elusive Spirit Bear.

Your lead guide has been exploring and working on the coasts of B.C., Alaska, the Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez for over 25 years. He is also a professional firefighter, brings confidence to even the most timid or reticent of guests.   One of the founding members of the Bear Viewing Association of B.C., he is also the on board bear/wildlife guide and naturalist, sharing his vast knowledge of the natural and cultural histories of the coast. He has a great sense of humour and passion for the coast and its wildlife.  Strict guidelines are followed for wildlife viewing as well as following protocols for visiting traditional First Nations land, honouring their culture and traditions.

RESTRICTIONS

Baggage weight restriction at 40 pounds per person (seaplane transfer).  Additional weight subject to surcharge.  All details provided upon request and at time of booking.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Water proof jacket and pants (not breathable, i.e. Gore-Tex), knee high (non-marking) rubber boots. Complete personal equipment list will be provided upon request.

Your guides specialize in small group sizes of 2 - 6 guests on our trips.  The small groups make the least impact possible on the lands you visit and the wildlife you view, something that is extremely important to us.  With the small group sizes your guide(s) can provide unparalleled wildlife viewing and opportunities for photography while ensuring the safety of the group.  With the small group sizes and the spacious layout of our ship the guests enjoy unparalleled privacy, comfort and personalized service as they experience British Columbia's most remote and spectacular settings-our guests are never just part of a crowd.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end in Sandspit or Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia. You will either meet the ship there or be transferred to the ship by seaplane on arrival, with the opposite procedure on departure.  Seaplane transfer from Sandspit or Queen Charlotte City to the ship are included.  Full departure/arrival details and itinerary provided at time of booking.

WEATHER

Weather along the north coast of BC can be unpredictable. It can range from hot and sunny to wet, foggy and cool. Prepare for all types of weather.

REGION
Northern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

The ship is Transport Canada certified as a passenger vessel, carrying all the latest navigation and safety equipment.  This 54 foot Hatteras Long Range Cruiser is capable of crossing oceans. Also, 16 foot Zodiac for shore excursions, kayaks on board for quiet exploration while at anchor, hip waders are available.  Generator on board to charge camera batteries.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, warm jacket, long pants, bathing suit, gloves, hat. Complete clothing list will be provided upon request.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Backpack/daypack, water bottle, camera(s), binoculars, tripod, sunglasses, sunscreen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests enjoy private accommodation in private staterooms. For those single travellers not wishing to share a room, there is a single berth in the pilothouse, which closes off from the rest of the ship at night. There are two full bathrooms on board, each with their own shower and equipped with electric flushing toilets. Each of the staterooms on board is well appointed with beautifully made beds, complete with duvets, pillows and linens. Large, fluffy towels, facecloths, special reading materials and chocolates also await our guests. Fresh hand towels are put out each day and complimentary natural personal care products are provided in each of the on board bathrooms. 

On board our 54-foot ship guests can lounge in the spacious comfort of our salon and galley area, as spectacular scenery passes by. The large windows of the salon and galley area allow uninterrupted views to the outside. Across from the galley area is a buffet including a selection of teas, coffee, hot chocolate, a large bowl of fruit, granola bars and home made baked treats to entice you - help yourself whenever you like. Outside on the foredeck there is a long, cushioned settee for sitting, relaxing and taking in the scenery, and still, plenty of room for photographers to set up their tripods.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included while on board.  A wide array of cuisine is offered, made with the freshest ingredients available, flown to the ship each week.  With wines chosen to compliment the dishes served, and herb garden on board, guests are sure to feel pampered.  B.C. VQA wines served with dinner.

Guests will love dining in our "revolving restaurant" - sitting at the dining table in our pilothouse - as the boat turns in the tide at anchor, or as we travel during the day. (There are almost 360- degree views from the dining table.) As you travel, guests are welcome to join the Captain in the pilothouse for briefings on points of interest, wildlife sightings, navigation instruction, or even take a turn at the wheel.

Jul 03, 2018 - Jul 11, 2018
$6300.00 / per person - CAD

Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018
$5600.00 / per person - CAD

Jul 22, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
$5600.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $1500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
If written notice of cancellation is received by the Company more than 90 days before the Departure Date: full refund less $200 administration fee. If the written notice of cancellation is received less than 90 days before the Departure Date: no refund, but the client may transfer the trip to a suitable replacement client if the replacement client is accepted by the Company, the decision whether or not to accept the replacement client being at the sole discretion of the Company.
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