This remote archipelago offers unparalleled opportunities to explore an area of true wilderness by land and boat.
The Haida Gwaii – or Queen Charlotte Islands – are one of North America’s richest biological and cultural areas. The shores of Moresby Island contain Gwaii Haanas National Park, an area of immense natural beauty that comprises over one hundred islands, forested creeks, rugged headlands and sheltered channels between towering mountains. Seven whale species frequent these waters and in early summer thousands of Steller’s sealions occupy the beaches. The islands’ rich ecosystem also supports breeding colonies of up to a million seabirds.
Fly to Vancouver and overnight
Fly from the UK to Vancouver and overnight at a hotel near the airport. Depending on your arrival time you may have an opportunity head into the centre to explore one of North America’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Please note: you’ll be unaccompanied until you depart Sandspit on the morning of Day 3. None of your meals are included today.
Fly to Sandspit and overnight
Transfer to the airport (not included) and board your flight to Sandspit. On arrival at Sandspit you will stay at the Inn at Sandspit, located just across the road from the airport, approximately 150 metres walk. None of your meals are included today.
Visit Haida Heritage Centre, ferry to Moresby Island and board boat, 7-nights
After breakfast you will take a land tour of Haida Gwaii, transferring to the ferry landing at Alliford Bay to take the ferry across to Skidegate Landing, on Graham Island (a 20-minute crossing). Your first stop is a guided tour of the newly renovated Haida Heritage Centre followed by a traditional Haida lunch, hosted by a local Haida family from Skidegate; after which you will take the ferry back to Moresby Island and board your vessel, anchored at Moresby Camp. Once assigned cabins everyone will participate in an introductory & safety orientation with dinner to follow.
Explore Gwaii Haanas National Park
This morning you sail to the south of the island to explore Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve. Around these islands the Pacific Ocean drops off to incredible depths; resulting in a variety of whale species frequenting the waters, pods of orcas can be seen just about anywhere and large groups of humpbacks congregate early in the season. In early summer, thousands of Steller sea lions line the southern tip of the archipelago. The best time for birds is May and June, when the spring plankton bloom creates a rich influx of food that supports breeding colonies of up to a million seabirds. The coastal rainforests of the Pacific Northwest are remarkably old with the largest accumulation of biomass on the planet.
Disembark at Moresby Camp, transfer to Sandspit and fly to Vancouver for flight back to the UK
The cruise ends with your arrival back at Moresby Camp this morning, when you’ll disembark and transfer to Sandspit airport by private bus (around one hour). Afternoon flight back to Vancouver, where you’ll connect with an overnight international flight to the UK.