The serenity and cultural richness of Haida Gwaii make it a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable destination. Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is made up of quaint villages, secluded inlets and white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. A place so remote that roads can’t bring you here, yet the warmest of welcomes await you. Come visit Canada’s Galapagos.
Today is the first day of what promises to be an epic adventure as we head north on our 10 day journey to explore the magical and mysterious Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Overnight at the Billy Barker in Quesnel.
This morning we travel through the Cariboo to Prince George then past Vanderhoof and Burns Lake into Smithers. Overnight at the Hudson Bay Lodge. (D)
Heading west, our first stop is Moricetown, an ancient fishing site followed by a visit to the fascinating ‘Ksan Village. This replicated ancient Gitxsan village illustrates many features from a distant past. Visit Hazelton, once a bustling port in the days of river Steamers. Our final stop of the day is Kitwanga with its ancient totem poles guarding its sacred land. Our overnight stop is the Prince Rupert Hotel. (B, L)
Board BC Ferries’, “Northern Adventure” for a six-hour sailing across Hecate Strait to the waterfront village of Skidegate, located on Graham Island. Best known for its beautiful totem poles, there is much to see and do during our time here. The Sea Raven is our home for the next four nights. (B, D)
Haida Gwaii means ‘place of wonder’ in the Haida language and the area is full of giant trees, mosses and lush seashores that explode with flora and fauna. Experience the beauty and day-to-day life in Haida Gwaii through the eyes of a local guide today as we explore Graham Island as far north as Masset Inlet with lunch at Port Clements. (B, L, D)
Today we explore the top of Graham Island and enjoy a picnic on the beach at Tow Hill. Tour Old Masset to view totem poles and the Maritime Museum for a look back at the early settlement and maritime history of the area. (B, L)
Visit the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate and learn about the Haida’s enduring presence amid these magical islands. followed by a free afternoon. This evening experience the “Haida Feast”, a traditional meal prepared by the Haida Gwaii people of Skidegate. (B, D)
Return to Prince Rupert on the “Northern Adventure” with an overnight at the Prince Rupert Hotel. (B)
Enjoy the day at your leisure. The hotel is only a short stroll to Prince Rupert’s Inner Harbour where you can enjoy local attractions, events and entertainment, as well as local artists’ specialty shops and so much more. (B)
Today we embark on a full day cruise down the Inside Passage onboard the “Northern Expedition”. Travel through dramatic fjords and green forested channels all the while being on the lookout for whales, dolphins, eagles and even the occasional bear. Outside berths have been reserved for your comfort. Overnight tonight at the Airport Inn. (B, D)
Traveling south on Vancouver Islands Island Hwy, board the ferry in Nanaimo for the crossing back over to BC’s Mainland. Depending on flight schedules today, a flight back to your originating city will be arranged for either later today or tomorrow. (Details will be confirmed upon confirmation of booking.) (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
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