Haida Gwaii Tour
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$2,695 USD
Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii is a wild and untouched archipelago on the west coast of British Columbia steeped in the culture of the Haida People dating back over 10,000 years. Discover the culture both past and present as we explore the dramatic landscapes and abundant wildlife of these incredible islands. Visit Haida Gwaii and experience a mystical world of adventure and breathtaking beauty.
Start Location: Prince Rupert End Location: Haida Gwaii
  • Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour (on Jun-Jul departures) or Whale Watching Tour (on Aug-Sep departures)
  • Excursion to Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Llnagaay) on Jun-Jul departures
  • Excursion to Skedans on Aug-Sep departures
  • Haida Gwaii Museum
  • Old Massett and Tlell Artisans
  • BC Ferry Crossing
  • Naikoon Provincial Park
  • Tow Hill and Agate Beach
  • Port Clements
  • The Balanced Rock
Day 1: Arrive in Prince Rupert, BC

Welcome to Prince Rupert, a bustling coastal town and a gateway to British Columbia's pristine north. Our arrival into Prince Rupert airport, located on Digby Island, and the following transfer to the main town, located on Kaien Island, provides an introduction to the lush coastal temperate rainforest environment that we will explore over the following days. Meet your fellow travellers this evening at the welcome dinner and hear your Tour Leader provide detailed guidelines on the program for the coming week. For those arriving early, we strongly recommend a walk to the nearby Museum of Northern British Columbia to learn more of the history of this area.
Overnight: Prince Rupert
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Prince Rupert, BC

We discover more of the Great Bear Rainforest Coast today on our full day tour on a catamaran boat to view the wildlife of the area. In June and July we prepare for a full day of excitement to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, part of the Great Bear Rainforest of Northern British Columbia. On our August and September tours, we board the same boat for a full day of whale watching off the rugged coastline of Northern British Columbia. On return, there will be some free time explore Cow Bay and the many shops and restaurants along Prince Rupert's pristine waterfront.
Overnight: Prince Rupert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Prince Rupert - Haida Gwaii, BC

On board a BC Ferry ship we begin our scenic journey across the Hecate Strait to Islands of Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii, meaning "Islands of the People" is an archipelago of over 150 islands with an incredible history surrounding the culture of the Haida People who first inhabited these islands over 10,000 years ago. We sail through the scenic Hecate Straight, named for the HMS Hecate used for surveying these waters in the 1860's. Thousands of years before being named the Hecate Strait, the strait was both a transport route to the mainland land, with its shallow waterways providing a navigational challenge to outsiders, and a source of protection for the Haida people. This afternoon we arrive in Haida Gwaii and travel to our Queen Charlotte City accommodation. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore this quaint island village.
Overnight: Haida Gwaii
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Excursion to Ninstints (SG̱ang Gwaay Llnagaay) or Skedans (Ḵ'uuna Llnagaay)

JUNE AND JULY DEPARTURES: Perhaps one of the highlights of our Haida Gwaii tour will be this day tour to Ninstints or SG̱ang Gwaay Llnagaay, in the Haida language. Located on Anthony Island, the World Heritage Site of Ninstints, allows you walk through the remains of a Haida village and the largest collection of carved totem poles in their original locations. The site is only accessible by water or air, so we will depart early to take a boat ride along the eastern coastline of Haida Gwaii in order to reach the site. On our way, our Haida guides will give us insights into this unique culture through storytelling, songs and talks on local history, Haida heritage and how they protect the land and waters. AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER DEPARTURES: Perhaps one of the highlights of our Haida Gwaii tour will be this day tour to the village of Skedans or Ḵ'uuna Llnagaay, in the Haida language. Skedans was a village of 26 to 30 longhouses at its height. Today, the poles which remain and the depressions of several longhouses give you a sense of the former grandeur of the village, splayed out along Skedans Bay. We pass through the Laskeek Bay area, where we visit Ḵay (sea lion) rookeries, explore the shoreline, search for taan (bear) and cruise the seas looking for whales. Along the way, our guides will incorporate a combination of storytelling, songs and/or local history, giving guests a unique glimpse into our heritage.
Overnight: Haida Gwaii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Masset and the Naikoon Provincial Park, BC

We head north to the village of Tlell and the south entrance of the Naikoon Provincial Park. Part of the traditional territory of the Haida people, the park figures prominently in their culture and history and holds many sites of cultural importance as well as historic villages and important traditional food gathering locations throughout the park. A walk along the East Beach Trail is a great experience. We strongly suggest bringing a pair of binoculars and your camera and reading up in advance about the natural and human history of Haida Gwaii before you start to gain an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the landscape you are travelling through. We will then drive to the village of Masset located at the entrance to the Masset Inlet, an important centre for sport fishing. 10 km east of Masset is an easily walkable boardwalk trail that allows access to a blowhole as well as to Tow Hill, both important landmarks in Naikoon Provincial Park. Our stop today is a visit to the magnificent Haida Heritage Centre. The Haida Gwaii Museum is a magnificent showcase of the Haida People, culture and way of life, highlighting the traditions of all fourteen Haida Clans. With an interpreter of the museum we enjoy an interpretive tour of the facility followed by time to experience the exhibits at leisure. At the end of this day, we will return to Queen Charlotte City.
Overnight: Haida Gwaii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Port Clements and Tlell, BC

Travelling a short distance to Port Clements, an active forestry area, we visit the Port Clements Museum and learn about the past conditions of the forest industry in Haida Gwaii. Nearby is a short, easy hike from the museum to the Golden Spruce Trail. The trail is named after the Golden Sitka Spruce that grew at the end of the trail for nearly 300 years and had a mutation causing the spruce to grow needles of a golden yellow colour. The tree was cut down by a by a protester in 1997 leading to a Canada-wide outcry. A sapling was saved when the original tree grew and had been nurtured and grown at the Port Clements Memorial Park which we will visit after our walk along the trail. We head to Tlell, home to a variety of local artisans and take time at leisure to visit their shops and learn of their craft first hand. Our day concludes with visiting St. Mary's Spring where, if desired you can taste the fresh spring water which, according to local lore, a drink from the well will bring you back to Haida Gwaii later in life. Finally, we visit Balance Rock, a remnant of the Ice Age that looks precariously posed on the coast, but is in fact, firmly in place and immovable.
Overnight: Haida Gwaii
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Explore Haida Gwaii Your Style

Today is a free day in Haida Gwaii to spend however you choose. Explore cultural experiences, a flight seeing tour over the islands ($$), or simply enjoy nature and the beach at the wonderful Haida House. The Haida House arranges many activities, cultural experiences and nature walks and you can easily sign up at the front desk for any one of these experiences led by the local Haida indigenous people on site. Tonight we’ll gather for a farewell dinner together and enjoy a Haida feast.
Overnight: Haida Gwaii
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Depart Haida Gwaii, BC

We bid farewell to Haida Gwaii as we board a transfer to Sandspit Airport to begin the journey home.
Meals: Breakfast
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  • 7 nights hotel accommodation (3.5-4 star)
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expert local Step-on-Guide on Days 5 and 6
  • 5% provincial tax on top of tour base rate
  • Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
  • Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
  • Items of a personal nature

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Tour Questions

What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a 'Classic Tour', up to of 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. However, if the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction, only up to of 18 persons join the tour and many Tours of Distinction travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

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After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's Pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Select departures of many tours are 'Pre- Guaranteed'.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

What is your recommended spending amount for non-included meals?

The suggested allowance for non-included meals is $40.00 – $60.00 CAD per day (with tipping).

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes, but within reason. There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices.
Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can help with booking airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please ask for details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. Please inquire for further information and prices.

Can you assist with booking airline flights?

Yes! We can help with booking your flights for you. We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation from Anderson Vacations including specific confirmation that your tour is 'Guaranteed'. Please be aware that you may be liable for airline cancellation costs should your tour not become guaranteed and your travel dates need to be amended or cancelled.

I am a solo traveler. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel rooms with another same gender traveller. No Single Supplement payment is charged to you in this case.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire about this option, as prices and availability varies from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations works with many private groups and helps to customize a tour to travellers needs. Please ask us for details.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate)and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't

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