Day 1: Vancouver
We’ll meet our guide in the hotel lobby of Skwachàys Lodge to begin our day program.
In the evening, we will gather for a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Sandspit
We fly to Sandspit on Moresby Island today. Upon arrival, a shuttle service will be provided from the airport to the Northern Shores Lodge, where we will spend the night. Our guide will point out highlights of the area. You will have the evening to relax with your fellow travellers.
Day 3: Moresby Island
We’ll transfer to Alliford Bay for the ferry to Graham Island. We’ll visit the Haida Heritage Centre for a guided tour followed by a Haida lunch at Keenawaii’s Kitchen. We’ll take a short walk at Spirit Lake and return to Moresby Island.
We board our vessel at Moresby Camp and anchor overnight nearby. We depart early the next morning into the waters of Southern Moresby Island to explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.
Day 4–9: Exploring Haida Gwaii
Daily activities include wildlife watching and shore excursions to explore Haida villages, old growth forests, beautiful creeks, and intertidal zones. We hope to encounter black bears, humpback whales, porpoise, fin whales, sea lions, and orca.
We’ll visit Windy Bay, site of the first totem pole raised in 130 years, and SGang Gwaay Llnagaay (Nan Sdins), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each evening we will anchor in a different bay, with a chance to explore the shoreline by kayak.
Day 10: Sandspit
We’ll disembark at Moresby Camp. There will be a charter bus waiting to shuttle the group to Sandspit airport. The trip by bus takes about an hour.
Travellers can do any last minute shopping at the souvenir shop located in the Sandspit airport, prior to your afternoon flight to Vancouver.
Pricing and Cabins
Cabin Category 1
$9,895 CAD + 5% tax
tax per person based on double occupancy
- Porthole window, unobstructed view
- Two single beds
- Private bath
- Closet or storage space
SV Island Solitude
With state-of-the-art technology, this new yacht is the most breathtaking, elegant, and efficient tour vessel on the northwest Pacific coast. She carries twelve guests in six cabins with two lower beds and ensuite bathrooms. The wheelhouse on deck accommodates the entire group for meals at two tables with incredible views.Learn more about Ship name
Skwachàys Lodge, Vancouver
A unique Aboriginal art experience, this stunning boutique hotel in the heart of Vancouver is the result of a partnership between six of the city’s best hotel designers and six Aboriginal artists. The hotel features a traditional sweat lodge and smudge room, as well as all the comforts of high-scale lodging.
Local artists produced eighteen installation pieces—one for each room.
June 25 to July 4, 2022
July 9 to July 18, 2022
$9,895 CAD + 5% tax
Single Supplement : Not available
Starts: Vancouver, BC
Ends: Sandspit, BC
Flights: Specific commercial Vancouver to Sandspit flight required for tour (not included in price). Please contact us for details.
- Group size: 12 guests
- Fitness Level: Moderate
- Age Limitation: 16 and older
- Cruise Payments: Cruise fares are priced in CAD dollars and are per person, per Cruise. A $2,000 CAD deposit per person, per cruise is required to register. Your final balance for the Cruise is due 120 days prior to the scheduled departure date (“Departure Date”) listed on your invoice.
- Travel Insurance: A minimum of Emergency Medical and Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for participation in all Adventure Canada Cruises. You must carry a minimum of $500,000 USD per person emergency medical and evacuation coverage for this cruise.
- Cancellation by the Passenger: All requests for cancellation must be received in writing. Upon Adventure Canada receiving written notice of cancellation at least 121 days prior to the Departure Date, you shall receive a refund of the amount paid for the Cruise and Charter Flight, less an administrative penalty of $1,000 CAD per person, per Cruise. This administrative penalty will be held by Adventure Canada as a Future Travel Credit for a period of no longer than thirty months. If written notice of cancellation is received by Adventure Canada between 91 and 120 days prior to the Departure Date, you shall receive a refund of 35% of the amount paid for the Cruise and Charter Flight, and no Future Travel Credit will be provided. In the event of a cancellation made 90 days or less before the scheduled date of departure, you will forfeit any amount paid for the Cruise to that date. For these and other reasons mentioned you are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive cancellation insurance at the time of registration.
- Future Travel Credit: This trip qualifies for a Future Travel Credit
Inclusions and Exclusions
- All meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast on day 10
- One hotel night in Vancouver at Skwachàys Lodge
One night at Northern Shore Lodge
- All museum and park fees
- Passage aboard the SV Island Solitude
- All ground transportation
- Flights from home to Vancouver and Vancouver to Sandspit return
- Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance
- Discretionary trip cancellation and interruption insurance
- Personal items
- Discretionary gratuities
- Any expenses incurred due to changes beyond our control
Because the islands lie on the edge of the continental shelf, a particularly robust plankton base bolsters the food chain. This plankton forms a rich feeding area for all manner of wildlife—particularly whales. Historically, blue, sperm, minke, fin, humpback, and orca whales have all called Haida Gwaii home.
Though whaling in the early twentieth century devastated their populations, humpback and fin whales are now on the rebound and are regularly spotted. Harbour seals and Steller sea lions congregate in large communities on shore and ply the waters for fish.
The Haida Gwaii black bear is the largest in the world. In isolation from their mainland brethren, these bears developed a larger lower jaw to aid in shoreline foraging. Both black-tailed deer and raccoons have flourished on the island—problematically.
Both species were introduced to the region, and without natural predators their ecological impact is becoming more pronounced each year. Bird colonies are at risk from the racoons and the local cedar forests—a foundation of Haida culture—are suffering from the over-browsing of the deer.
The Haida name for the southern islands is Gwaii Haanas, which aptly translates to “islands of beauty” or “place of wonder”.
Most Haida objects are decorated with crests—the figures of animals, birds, sea creatures, and mythic beings. These crests are used to identify the moiety and often the lineage of their owners. The precise arrangement and interaction of various crests and recurring motifs act as a personal signifier, and much can be gleaned from an individual’s totem. The true “text” of a single totem pole is impossible to read without a thorough knowledge of the mythology involved. Although the Haida have almost seventy crest figures, less than twenty are in general use. The orca whale in particular endures as a symbol of power, intelligence, cunning, and skill.
Permanent Haida villages consisted of one (or more) rows of houses along a beach. Generally, the house belonging to the town chief was larger and located near the centre of the settlement. According to myth, the house was one of the main contributions that Raven made to Haida life (after stealing the idea from Beaver). These houses formed the centre of Haida social, political, and economic life. They were built out of western red cedar with a framework of corner posts and massive structural beams.
Like their traditional houses, Haida canoes are hewn from red cedar—they are exquisite craft and are widely praised. Like their totems, houses, and tools, these craft are often intricately adorned with crests, symbols, and motifs to identify their owners and their stories.
Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions