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Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a remote collection of islands off the north coast of British Columbia.
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Seven nights cruise and one night hotel accommodation, meals as indicated and sightseeing and activities as specified.
Selected dates, 08 May - 17 Aug 2017.
NOTE Selected departures in May and June are nine nights in duration. Single travellers may be matched with another single person of the same gender.
Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a remote collection of Islands off the north coast of British Columbia, and is one of the richest biological and cultural areas in North America. One of National Geographic’s Tours of a Lifetime, highlights of these sailing journeys include ancient Haida villages, an incredible abundance of wildlife and outstanding wilderness scenery.
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Haida Culture – One of the most culturally rich and developed groups of people to inhabit early North America
Pristine wilderness of an isolated archipelago that is rarely visited
Amazing wildlife – multiple species of whale, stellar sea lions, birds, bald eagles and hopefully Queen Charlotte Island Black Bears – the largest black bears in the world
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Arrive into Sandspit and make your way across the street to your hotel for the evening.
After breakfast, board the ferry across to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island for a guided tour of the Haida Heritage Centre and a traditional Haida lunch hosted by a local Haida family. Fronted with six totem poles, the Heritage Centre is a series of longhouses connected by interior walkways that give the feeling of a traditional Haida seaside village. Time permitting, enjoy a walk around Spirit Lake before transferring to board the ship. Your ship will either be the 69’ ketch Island Roamer or the brand new Bluewater 82. The Island Roamer features eight private cabins with bunk beds. There are three heads with hot showers, a large saloon and lounge area. Bluewater 82 is slightly larger and features side by side berths and ensuite bathrooms. The yachts have large inflatable boats for shore excursions and stable sea kayaks for exploring. Gourmet food and complimentary wine is served on board. (L)(D)
We will spend our time exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily
activities include wildlife watching, shore excursions to explore ancient Haida villages, “old
growth” forests, beautiful creeks, and colorful 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, fin whales, sea lions and orca.
We hope to capture the sight of the mighty Gwaii Haanas black bear (the largest black bear in the world) foraging along the shoreline for the myriad of intertidal creatures found in these nutrient-rich areas. Windy Bay 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. We visit the old Haida village of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site to take in the fabulous totem poles.
Each evening we will anchor in a different secluded bay with time to discuss the day’s wildlife
sightings and opportunity to explore the shoreline by kayak. (B) (L) (D)
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Your voyage ends mid-morning as you disembark the vessel at Moresby Camp and transfer back to Sandspit airport for your onward journey. (B)
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