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Formerly Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is made up of ancient temperate rainforests, secluded inlets and seemingly endless beaches. Species found here includes the dusky shrew, pine marten and the unique Haida Gwaii black bear.

Haida Gwaii is all about the great outdoors, the unique temperate rainforest, the pristine beaches, and the renowned Haida culture.  Kayaking, sightseeing on water and land, whale watching, mountain biking and hiking are all possible in and around protected parks and reserves that are home to diverse flora and fauna. Haida Gwaii’s distinct fauna have evolved over thousands of years. Six of the ten native land mammals on the islands are subspecies found nowhere else on earth. This includes the dusky shrew, ermine and pine marten. The Haida Gwaii black bear (Ursus americanus carlottae) is also unique and is the only species of bear found on the archipelago today. The species has thrived on a rich diet of salmon and hard-shelled intertidal creatures for so long that the bears have developed larger jaws and teeth than their mainland counterparts.

Haida Gwaii is at the most westerly point of Northern British Columbia, a  place so remote that the only way to travel here is by boat or by air. The islands are just two hours flight from Vancouver, and where you can expect a warm welcome.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, orca, sperm whale
  • Where: British Columbia, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Whales & Dolphins in the Haida Gwaii

This trip offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the Queen Charlotte Islands, a remote archipelago and area of true wilderness and cultural importance. Cruise the Gwaii Haanas National Park on a comfortable yacht, spotting black bears, humpback whales, orca, Steller’s sealions and up to a million seabirds.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Island Solitude

The Island Solitude accommodates 12 guests in large, spacious cabins, each with two lower berths and an en suite bathroom. At 24 metres in length, she has been built locally and specifically designed for cruising the coastline of British Columbia in search of the prolific wildlife to be found there.