Explore one of the most spectacular places on the planet aboard a 70' schooner and learn about the local Haida culture on this sailing tour. Haida Gwaii (“Islands of the People” in the Haida language) is a remote island archipelago located 70 km off the northwest coast of British Columbia.
This is a world where giant moss-laden spruce and cedar trees tower over enchanted salmon streams, and productive kelp forests and colourful intertidal communities fringe the interface between land and sea. The unparalleled diversity of marine life includes everything from puffins to albatrosses, sunfish to jellyfish, and killer whales to blue whales. Enmeshed in this rich ecological tapestry are more than 10,000 years of cultural heritage of the indigenous Haida Nation, renowned for their prosperity, artistry, and seamanship.
This 9-day expedition is dedicated to exploring and learning about the ecosystems, wildlife, and cultural heritage of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Haida Heritage Site, and National Marine Conservation Area. You will visit ancient Haida villages and learn about their histories and people from the Haida Watchmen who protect them. Most famous is SGang Gwaay Llnagaay, abandoned in the late 19th century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Here, a collection of haunting mortuary poles and wooden house remains stand testament to the traditional ways of the Haida Nation.
During frequent shore excursions and zodiac tours you’ll explore old-growth forests, estuaries, white-sand beaches, rocky shores, and all the ecological treasures they hold for us. As you sail the schooner through the inlets, fiords, and passages of this island archipelago we’ll encounter the myriad populations of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and seabirds that inhabit these waters.