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Walking among the moss-festooned giant trees of the coastal rain forest
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Exploring the shoreline by kayak
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Eating a traditional lunch with a Haida family
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Spotting the two metre-tall dorsal fin of a male Orca
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Appreciating the huge communities of multi-coloured starfish in the tidal pools

Haida Gwaii: Canada's Galapagos

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8 days | Canada | Expedition Cruise

The “Islands of the People,” as these remote islands of British Columbia are known to the Haida, are the ancestral home of the Haida people. They are thick with mossy old-growth spruce forests, rugged mountains, rich tidal pools and ghostly totem poles. The islands’ isolation is noteworthy, for it has created a unique set of circumstances that has encouraged local flora and fauna to develop characteristics that set them apart from their cousins on the mainland. Deer are tiny and tame. Hairy Woodpeckers have grey breasts. And very large Black Bears have unique characteristics. The Queen Charlotte Islands are indeed “Canada’s Galapagos.” Our tour of these islands – formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands – is timed to coincide with favourable Pacific Coast weather and the peak of the region’s summer wildlife activities.

As we move around the archipelago aboard this new and most spacious vessel, we’ll find such seabirds as Ancient Murrelets and Tufted Puffins, Peregrine Falcons, and Bald Eagles. Humpback and Fin Whales and Orcas are in their summer waters and Steller’s Sea Lions settle into their rookeries. Summer wildflowers are growing in profusion and add a colourful dimension to an already rich landscape. We’ll start our tour with a day on land visiting Haida communities. Then we’ll board our sailing ketch, which will be our home for the rest of the trip as we meander leisurely among the islands, going ashore to explore tidal pools and sandy beaches, hike through old-growth forests, and enjoy alpine meadows glowing with flowers. Join us as we explore and experience in depth this magnificent example of Canada’s unique cultural and natural heritage: the scenic wilderness areas of the legendary Haida Gwaii, and see why National Geographic selected this trip as "One of the Worlds 50 Best!"
 
S/V Island Roamer
Dates (2020)
May 30 – June 7   -   9 days
June 8 – 16   -   9 days
June 16 – 24   -   9 days
June 24 – July 2   -   9 days

S/V Island Solitude
Dates (2020)
May 16 – 24   -   9 days
May 24 – June 1   -   9 days
June 1 – 9   -   9 days
June 9 – 17   -   9 days
June 17 – 25   -   9 days
June 26 – July 3   -   8 days (evening land)
July 3 – 10   -   8 days
July 10 – 17   -   8 days
July 17 – 24   -   8 days
July 25 – August 1   -   8 days
August 1 – 8   -   8 days
August 8 – 15   -   8 days
August 15 – 22   -   8 days
Expedition Cruise Private Journey Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
From C$6704.25 - C$8326.50 (depending on vessel, # of days)
Group Size:
12 - 14 travellers
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What’s included: Accommodation based on double occupancy, meals as listed in the itinerary, all activities while on board the ship and ashore, park entrance fees, services of crew and local naturalist, SV Island Solitude only: bedding & provision of bath towel. Cost includes C$100 Sustainability Fee and 5% GST.

"[Haida Gwaii] made me proud to be Canadian."

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
0Arrive in Sandspit
1Embark your ship at Sandspit
2 - 7Sailing around Haida Gwaii, stopping for excursions along the way
8 or 9Disembark at Sandspit
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Ship Information

About the S/V Island Roamer
This ship is a custom 68-foot ketch that was launched in the early 1980s. The boat’s design, safety and comfort make it particularly well-suited for this trip. It accommodates 14 passengers in 7 private cabins and have 3 heads with hot showers, a large comfortable inside lounge with an extensive natural history library, a well-equipped galley and a large covered seating area on deck with protection in all types of weather.
About the S/V Island Solitude
This new yacht made its maiden voyage in 2018. She is 82’ long and 30% by volume larger than the S/V Island Roamer.\r\n Like her smaller cousin, she carries 12-14 guests including larger \r\ncabins with two lower beds (no upper/ lower bunks) and en-suite \r\nbathrooms. The on-deck wheelhouse accommodates the entire group for \r\ngourmet meals - surrounded by exceptional views.

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Expedition Cruise Private Journey Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
From C$6704.25 - C$8326.50 (depending on vessel, # of days)
Group Size:
12 - 14 travellers
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodation based on double occupancy, meals as listed in the itinerary, all activities while on board the ship and ashore, park entrance fees, services of crew and local naturalist, SV Island Solitude only: bedding & provision of bath towel. Cost includes C$100 Sustainability Fee and 5% GST.

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