Haida Gwaii (Canada)

€1,965.00

For any reservation at more than 2 months of departure, a deposit of 30% is requested.
At this price of €1,965 will be added €330 for onboard kitty payable at the boarding. This price do not incude flights (tarifs available on the General conditions page).

Sailing cruises to Haida Gwaii on board of Qilak

Queen Charlotte Islands Archipelago, West Canada

Sailboat Expedition in the Queen Charlotte Islands Archipelago, renamed Haida Gwaii, in the Haida Indian nation reservation, one of the remaining American Indian refuges, and sailing in the Canadien part of the Inside Passage.

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You’ll enjoy...

  • Sailing from island to island on the trail of the Amerindians Haida
  • Visiting Sgang Gwaay: The largest concentration of totem poles in North America
  • A moment of exquisite relaxation in the baths of the hot springs
  • Coming across humpback and killer whales in the Canadian Inside Passage
  • The Kuro Shivo, a hot marine current from Japan making a very mild microclimate
  • Fishing on board, trolling and mooring
  • Navigating in small groups: maximum 6 passengers and 2 crew
  • A very patient skipper to introduce you to sailing, beginners are welcome to help with the manoeuvers!

Your adventure...

Haida Gwaii , also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a Canadian archipelago of British Columbia. These islands protected by the status of « reservation » are the birthplace of the Haida Indian Nation, which has seen the development of a unique environment and culture as shown by their remarkable woodworking. Their totems are very famous and their totems are true works of art! In Haida society two clans subsist: the Eagles and the Ravens. The tradition is that a Raven marries an Eagle and vice versa so that the line is transmitted.

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This cruise will also lead us into the Canadian Inside Passage formed by of a maze of natural canals between the islands, connecting Canada to Alaska, in the wake of large marine mammals such as killer and humpback whales, followed by majestic birds sea birds such as the crested sherwater or peregrine falcon (note that we propose a trip around the northern part of the Inside Passage, in the cruise « Alaska: Inside Passage ») .

4 EXPEDITIONS

H1 Cruise - 10 days on-site

Dates onboard : from May 1 to May 10, 2019​​

Boarding: Port Hardy (BC)

Landing: Prince Rupert (BC)

Price: €1,965 + €330 Onboard kitty

H12 Cruise - 10 days on-site

Dates onboard: from Aug. 23 to Sept. 1, 2019

Boarding: Prince Rupert (BC)

Landing: Prince Rupert (BC)

Price: €1,965 + €330 Onboard kitty

H2 Cruise - 10 days on-site

Dates onboard: from May 11 to May 20, 2019​​

Boarding: Prince Rupert (BC)

Landing: Prince Rupert (BC) ​

Price: €1,965 + €330 Onboard kitty

H13 Cruise - 10 days on-site

Dates onboard: from Sept. 2 to Sept. 11, 2019​​​​

Boarding: Prince Rupert (BC)

Landing: Port Hardy (BC)

​Price: €1,965 + €330 Onboard kitty

The prices shown do not incude flights (tarifs available on the General conditions page).
You can extend your trip by signing on for several legs !

Day by Day

H1 and H13 Cruises - From Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

Note: for the H13 cruises boarding/landing are reversed (detail of the H13 cruise day by day on request).

D1 Port Hardy

Arrival in Port Hardy, boarding Qilak.

D2-4 Canadian Inside Passage

Coastal Navigation between Vancouver Island and the mainland to reach the entrance to the Inside Passage. To your camera: we will probably have the chance to see many killer and humpback whales in search of food in these fjords. Anchorage and a relaxing bath at the hot springs of Bishop Bay.

D5-6 Swang Gwaï

Navigating to Rose Harbour, former whaling station where 3 families still live all year round. It is also the southern tip of the archipelago that allows access to Gwaii Haanas National Park and to visit the ruins of the village of Swang Gwaii, a World Heritage Site by Unesco. A cave serving as a burial site as well as the largest known concentration of totems guarding the spirits will leave their imprint in your memories. Anchorage at Rose Harbour.

D7-8 Tanu Island and hot springs of Gandll K'inn

We will continue through the Darwin Sound and its breathtaking scenery, towards the island of Tanu to visit a Haida nation village with strong spiritual resonance. Continuation to the hot springs of Gandll K'inn, for a relaxing bath in one of the three natural swimming pools. Anchorage in the vicinity.

D9-10 Hecate Strait to Prince Rupert

Crossing the Strait of Hecate to return to the mainland and anchor at Bishop Bay, known for its hot springs baths. We get back to the Inside Passage to the place where we left it for a navigation to Prince Rupert, the former western terminus of the transcontinental railway line of the Pacific Railway. Landing in Prince Rupert.

H2 and H12 Cruises - From Prince Rupert to Prince Rupert (identical route)

D1 Prince Rupert

Arrival in Prince Rupert, boarding Qilak in Cow Bay Marina.

D2-3 Hecate Strait

Crossing the Hecate Strait to Haida Gwaii accompanied by Humpback whales to reach Reef Island. Mooring at Kunga Island.

D4 Tanu Island and baths at Gandll K’inn

We continue our trip through the Darwin Sound and its breathtaking scenery towards the island of Tanu: guided tour of a Haida nation village with strong spiritual resonance. Onwards to the Hot Springs of Gandll K’inn, for a relaxing bath in one of the three natural pools. Anchorage in the area.

D5-6 Swang Gwaï

Cruise to Rose Harbour, a former whaling station where three families still live year round. It is also the southernmost point of the archipelago and allows access to Gwaii Haanas National Park and to visit the ruins of the Swang-Gwai village, a Unesco World Heritage site: a cave serving as a burial site as well as the largest known concentration of totems guarding the spirits, they will leave
their Footprint in your memories. Mooring at Rose Harbour.

D7-9 Canadian Inside Passage

Crossing to the mainland and anchorage at Bishop Bay well known ofr its hot spring baths. Cruising in the Inside Passage with its humpback and maybe even killer whales hunting in these wild fjords.

D9-10 Prince Rupert

Cruise back to Prince Rupert Anchorage the former western terminus of the transcontinental railway line of the Pacific Railway and disembarkation in Prince Rupert.