Heading south from Burnaby Island, we cross Skincuttle Inlet, and pass the abandoned Haida village of Haigi, long since deserted as a result of the smallpox epidemic. We also pass by the former townsite of Jedway, a community that developed to extract the mineral deposits in the area. It also has long since been absorbed back into the environment by the magnificent forests of Haida Gwaii.
Towards the southern end of the trip, we turn into Houston Stewart Channel, separating Moresby Island from Kungit Island, also the location of Rose Harbour – an abandoned whaling station. A highlight includes a visit to the poles at Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Linagaay), and our final campsite is usually on the west side of Haida Gwaii, looking out into the open pacific.
Day 1: Plan to be in Sandspit the night before your trip departs. This will give you a chance to meet our staff, pack your dry bags, organize your gear, and buy any last minute items. You will be picked up at your accommodation at approximately 7:30 AM for transport to your departure point. Depending on the trip, numbers, and weather, your transport to the field will either be by open zodiac or float plane.
Upon arrival at the remote campsite, you’ll meet your guides who will provide you with a safety briefing and an orientation to the National Park. You’ll then have a chance to try out your kayaks for the first time, exploring the area close to camp. Depending on the trip, we may either stay at this spot for the first night, or move on to another camp in the afternoon. Includes: (L), (D).
Days 2 - 7: This trip will travel southward from the Burnaby Island area, with the ultimate destination being a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at SGang Gwaay Linagaay (Ninstints). The route takes through many beautiful areas, including the spectacular gravel beaches along the shores of Burnaby Island, the islands of Skincuttle Inlet, and the rugged headlands of Benjamin and Iron Points.
Every trip is different, but we may be able to see the ruins of a settlement in Ikeda Cove, the site of the abandoned Haida village of Kaidju, and the former whaling station of Rose Harbour. The actual route will depend much on the weather, sea conditions, and abilities of the group, but while each trip is unique, we like to think all are spectacular. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: On the last day of the trip, you’ll have time to reminisce about the previous days over a leisurely breakfast. Your transportation generally arrives about midday and whisks you back to Sandspit where you’ll have the opportunity to get together with the rest of your group for a farewell dinner. Includes: (B), (L).
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