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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.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: 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.

  2. Day 2: 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. 

  3. Day 3: 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.

  4. Days 4-10 : 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.

  5. Day 11: 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.

  6. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £5,195 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £4,095 pp
  • Single supplement: From £110: Hotel only
  • Group size: 16
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation pre-cruise
    • 8 nights wildlife cruise in shared cabin
    • Most meals
    • All excursions with on board naturalist guide
    • Flights between Vancouver and Sandspit (for flight inclusive package only)
Featured locations:

Haida Gwaii

The peaks of the seven largest islands of this archipelago rise like a submerged mountain chain, with the tallest perpetually capped in snow. Fiords plunge into the sea, misty forests cover their flanks and windswept sandy beaches lie at their feet and the continental shelf plummets into the Pacific Ocean.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, orca, sperm whale
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Dolphin watching

Gwaii Haanas National Park

Arguably one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world, Gwaii Haanas National Park is a remote reserve of 138 islands in the southern Haida Gwaii. The park – the place of wonder – is an untamed wilderness home to a superb array of marine life and land species, including the humpback whale.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, orca, sperm whale
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Dolphin watching

Moresby Island

One of the two largest slands that form the Haida Gwaii, the San Cristobal Mountains form its backbone and rise over 1200 metres. The higher elevations are dominated by mountain hemlock and alpine tundra, whereas the lower elevations are mainly cedar, pine and western hemlock, becoming densely wooded.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, orca, sperm whale
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Dolphin watching

Vancouver

British Columbia’s largest city stands in a fine coastal setting, against a backdrop of lofty tree-covered peaks - a great starting point to any wildlife holiday in the province. There is plenty to see in this lively, multi-cultural city, such as exploring Stanley Park on foot or by bike.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Excellent for: Activity & adventure, City stopover, History & culture

Queen Charlotte Strait & Johnstone Waters

Situated between Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s mainland, this area is considered the best place in the world to observe orca who, during the summer months, are present on a daily basis. They can often be viewed close up from the boat, offering some wonderful sightings and photo opportunities.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: orca, brown bear, Steller’s sealion, tufted puffin, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Dolphin watching
This itinerary is available on the following cruise vessels:

Island Roamer

The Island Roamer is a 21-metre ketch-rigged yacht, large enough for comfort, privacy and safety, and small enough to create a good atmosphere on board. She features eight private cabins, showers, a large salon and lounge areas. On deck, a large covered seating area provides protection against the elements.

Island Solitude

The Island Solitude is a new vessel currently under construction, which will accommodate 12 guests in large, spacious cabins, each with two lower berths and an en suite bathroom. At 24 metres in length, she has been specifically designed for cruising the coastline of British Columbia.