Small Group Tour – Haida Gwaii Mini Safari West – 8 Days
Just listen to the story, watch the video and learn more about the history of Haida Gwaii and how to retain balance for all!
This Small Group Package would be suitable for max. 8 participants per tour.
What is Included:
- Fully escorted with driver/guide
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- BC Ferry transportation through the Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
- BC Ferry transportation from Skidegate to Alliford Bay
- Air from Sandspit to Vancouver
- Tours of local villages
- Escorted walks and hikes
- Floatplane flight from Prince Rupert to Masset
- Full day zodiac tour to Skedans and Louise Island
- Tour of local carving studios
- Traditional Haida Dinner
- Entrance to Haida Cultural Centre
- All entrance fees to provincial, national parks and protected areas
What is not included:
- Meals where not indicated
- Optional activities
- Travel, cancellation and baggage insurance
- Driver/guide gratuities
Day 1: Port Hardy
Check into our local hotel in Port Hardy after 3 pm. Explore the area on your own meet up with our local guide at 7pm for a tour briefing. Early to bed in preparation for our early morning start to Bear Cove to Board our ferry.
Day 2: Port Hardy – Prince Rupert
We begin our adventure tour to Haida Gwaii early this morning as we embark on a 15 hour voyage up the Inside Passage. As the ship departs the harbour at 07.30am we’re already on our way upstairs to our reserved seats in the dining room, craving our favorite hot beverage.
About 1500 km. in length, the Inside Passage starts in Puget Sound in Washington State and extends north along the British Columbia coastline to the Alaska Panhandle. The first 500 km. of the Inside Passage are sheltered by Vancouver Island.
Our wilderness cruise comes to an end when we dock in Prince Rupert “The City of Rainbows” (pop. 15,000) by 10.30pm. For most of the summer, dusk will now be upon us, or will have shortly arrived, as we are now further north, the sun takes longer to wane. Our ocean view hotel is a 10-minute drive away.
Day 3: Prince Rupert Masset
We awaken to the sight of massive freighters anchored in the deepest natural harbour of North America. After breakfast we can visit the Northern Museum.
From Prince Rupert we make our way to the local seaplane base. Here we board a floatplane and take-off for a ninety-minute flight for Masset (pop. 1000). This town is located on northern Graham Island close to Old Masset, a Haida village and administrative centre of the Council of Haida Nation.
After check-in it’s off to enjoy a traditional First Nations dinner in a private Big House. The meal, which will be accompanied by aboriginal dancers and drummers, will be a night to remember.
Day 4: Masset
This morning we head to Naikoon Provincial Park for a morning of walking, rainforests and beaches. On the way we visit the Delkatla Nature Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a vital resting stop for migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway including sandhill cranes, bald eagles, Canada geese, trumpeter swans and a distinct subspecies of the great blue heron.
Day 5: Tlell
We make our way south on Graham Island and stop in the village of Port Clements (pop, 400) for lunch and take a short walk along the Golden Spruce Trail. Here we’ll learn the story behind this incredible tree and the tragic events that took place
Our accommodation for the next two nights is owned by the Haida. This 8,000 square foot post and beam cedar lodge stands in seven acres of forest with easy access to the forest, dunes and beach.
In the evening guests can walk out on the beach to watch the sunset over Hecate Straight. Balance Rock is nearby.
Day 6: Tlell
Today our adventure tour of Haida Gwaii begins with a tour of the Village of Skidegate (pop.743) and the Village of Queen Charlotte (pop. 1045).
From Skidegate we make our way to the charming village of Queen Charlotte, spread along bays and islands. Guests can stroll along the waterfront to check out the bustling docks, source local art and great food in funky shops and cafes.
Day 7: Sandspit
Today a big day of adventure begins as we jump in our zodiac to visit abandoned villages of Haida.
We first take the BC Ferry from Skidegate to Moresby Island and then drive along a logging road to the outfitting station. Here weput on our survival suites and prepare to board our zodiacs.
The main stop on this tour is the Haida village site of Skedans. Skedans, also known as K’uuna Llnagaay (PointTown) was one of the larger villages in the southern portion of the islands. The village was abandoned in the 1880s near the end of the smallpox epidemic which decimated 90% of the population of the islands. All that remains are a few weathered totem poles and longhouse beams.
After a full day of adventure, we make our way to the village of Sandspit (pop. 558), the only community on Moresby Island. Several restaurants offer a variety of local cuisine.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast we’ll have some free time to enjoy the village of Sandspit. Shuttle service to the airport is included for people who have booked a flight back to Vancouver.