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Haida Gwaii Archipelago – Islands at the Edge

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area, and Haida Heritage Site


  • Step back in time at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “SGang Gwaay” and other ancient Haida villages
  • Discover the astonishing marine biodiversity of Burnaby Narrows
  • 2 scenic float plane flights over Gwaii Haanas, before and after your expedition
  • One way itinerary, leaving more time for sailing, exploring and shore excursions

When to go: June-August 2017
Duration:  7-day / 7-nights
Group size: 6 guests
Departs from/Returns to: Sandspit, BC/ Queen Charlotte City, BC
Price: $5695 CAD (plus 5% GST)

Easily one of the most spectacular places on the Planet, 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 7-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. We 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, we’ll explore old-growth forests, estuaries, white-sand beaches, rocky shores, and all the ecological treasures they hold for us. As we sail the schooner Passing Cloud 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.

Please note that our Gwaii Haanas expeditions include one day at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum on day one and operate as either northbound or southbound itineraries, starting or ending with a spectacular 50-minute float plane flight over the national park and marine conservation area.  

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Outer Shores Expeditions is proudly Carbon-Neutral Certified. Our carbon offsetting supports the Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project  [LEARN MORE]

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The Schooner

Passing Cloud is a 70′ classic wooden schooner designed by William James Roue, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose in 1921.

Feature Article

Seeking silence at the edge of the world – Embracing remoteness and isolation on a sailboat journey into Gwaii Haanas National Park.

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