Licensed operators offer a variety of expeditions, tours and transportation options. Excursions range from flight seeing and day trips by motor boat to longer sea kayak and sailing expeditions.

Only operators who are licensed by Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site may operate within Gwaii Haanas.

The following is a list of all tour operators that have an allocation to operate in Gwaii Haanas. These businesses might not be intending to operate in Gwaii Haanas this year. Contact tour operators directly to verify if they will be working in Gwaii Haanas in 2017.

What does licensing mean?

The Gwaii Haanas business licensing process ensures that minimum safety standards are met for all businesses that operate in Gwaii Haanas. Gwaii Haanas does not evaluate guides on the extent of their knowledge of local natural and cultural features, and service standards vary from business to business. You are encouraged to discuss your service expectations with your prospective transportation or tour operator prior to confirming your trip plans.

If you have any questions as to whether a business is authorized to conduct trips in Gwaii Haanas, please contact Visitor Services Team Leader Anna Maria Husband at 250-559-6322 or annamaria.husband@canada.ca

Note: The service descriptions below are provided by the operators. Gwaii Haanas does not necessarily endorse any of these services.

Licensed Operators List


Archipelago Ventures Ltd.

Nourish the body, mind and spirit with a six-day wilderness adventure aboard the MV Island Bay, fully equipped for touring and mothership kayaking. Our captains and guides have worked in this area collectively for over forty years and bring a local perspective to enhance your experience of this magical place.

Emily Ramer and Simon Huval
4470 Wilkinson Road
Victoria, BC, V8Z 5B7
Home: 250-388-7386 Cell: 250-588-5827 Fax: 250-388-7386
Email: ehramer@gmail.com

Archipelago Ventures Ltd.

Atlas Ocean Tours

Experience the trip of a lifetime with local resident and long-time Gwaii Haanas tour captain James Nickerson. Specializing in classy, comfortable and fun trips, we offer small-group tours and are fully equipped as a kayak mothership. Enjoy exceptional wildlife and Haida cultural sites aboard Atlas, our 42’ Defever-designed motor yacht.

James Nickerson and Catherine Rigg
Mail: PO Box 34, Tlell, BC, V0T 1Y0
Phone: 250-557-8514
Email: info@atlasoceantours.com
Website: www.atlasoceantours.com

Atlas Ocean Tours

Bluewater Adventures

Award-winning, educational wildlife and cultural sailing tours. Join expert educators and guides - marine biologists, anthropologists, ornithologists, and Haida leaders - traveling with the group. The beautiful, 70' sailing vessel, Island Roamer provides 8 private cabins (double occupancy), crew of 4, single & double kayaks, zodiacs for frequent shore excursions.

#3-252 East First Street, North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 1B3
Phone: (604)980-3800
Fax: (604)980-1800
Toll Free: 1-888-877-1770
Email: explore@bluewateradventures.ca
Website: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Bluewater Adventures

Butterfly Tours - Kayak Haida Gwaii

Expertly guided kayak expeditions, mothership tours and wilderness guesthouse vacations. Journey to the ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay(Ninstints). We provide single kayaks, our group size is six guests. Owner & guide, Gord Pincock, has kayaked throughout Gwaii Haanas since 1981; his experience and safety record are unsurpassed.

Gord Pincock
Mail: 303-5855 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A3
Phone: 604-740-7018
Email:
Website: www.IslandsofBeauty.com

Butterfly Tours

Gnoses Sailing Adventures

Sail the Gwaii Haanas archipelago. Visit Haida villages, see the sights, wander shorelines, and explore low tides. Offering hiking, kayaking and customized tours. As sailors and teachers in outdoor education, we enjoy families with kids. “Gnoses” is not luxurious, she is our home. Our emphasis is enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Ralph Nelson
Mail: Box 371, Queen Charlotte, BC V0T 1S0
Queen Charlotte BC V0T 1S0
Email:
Web: www.gnoses.com

Gnoses Sailing Adventures

Green Coast Kayaking Ltd.

Leaders in inclusionary and educational kayak tours. Paddlers take part in meal preparation and daily route planning. Local owner and guide, Jo Hager, has led tours in Gwaii Haanas since 2000. Six single and two double kayaks. Paddle 4 - 6 hours most days. 8-day trips from CDN $1655 - $1710.00.

Green Coast Kayaking Ltd.
P. O. Box 670
Queen Charlotte, B.C. V0T 1S0
Phone: 250-637-1991
Email: paddle@gckayaking.com
Website: www.gckayaking.com

 

Gwaii Haanas Guest House and Kayaks

Rustic, comfortable accommodation and meals in Gwaii Haanas. Accessibility: boat, floatplane. Rigid hull inflatable speedboat excursions focusing on cultural and natural heritage to ancient totem poles at Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Llnagaay), bird colonies, sea lion rookeries, remote beaches, giant trees, Hotsprings. Beachcombing, hiking. Local guide/owner. Sea kayak rental. English! French! Thai! Lao!

Patrick & Walladda Lemaire
Box 578, Rose Harbour,
Queen Charlotte, BC, V0T 1S0
Phone: (250) 559-8689 Answering machine
Email: mailbox2016@gwaiihaanas.com
Website: www.gwaiihaanas.com

Gwaii Haanas Guest House and Kayaks

Haida Gwaii Charters

Haida Gwaii Charters (2010) Ltd is pleased to offer 4 and 7-day fully-serviced sailing tours into Gwaii Haanas. Our tours accent the strong cultural connection of this amazing place with the natural beauty and diverse ecosystems still thriving here to be seen.

Bill Woodworth
Box 92, Tlell, Haida Gwaii, V0T 1Y0
Phone: 250-360-6184
Email: sailpiraeus@gmail.com
Website: Sailpiraeus.com

Haida Gwaii Charters

Haida Style Expeditions

Haida Style Expeditions, a Haida-owned and operated company offering a one-of-a-kind cultural adventure experience. In sharing our culture and history we provide you with an education like no other. Offering day tours in Gwaii Haanas, cruise onboard our 27ft Titan Rigid Hull Inflatable in style.

Phone: 250-637-1151
Email: info@haidastyle.com
Website: haidastyle.com

Haida Style Expeditions

Highlander Marine Services Ltd.

Specialized marine support services aboard the high speed aluminum landing craft "Haida Gwaii Highlander". 30' x 10' transport Canada certified high speed landing craft capable of carrying 2 tones cargo and/or 10 passengers. Towing, freight movement, film support, research support, special interest groups, construction support, small vehicle movement and more.

PO Box 1535, Skidegate, B.C. V0T 1S1
Phone: (250) 637-1111
Email: hms@haidagwaii.ca

Highlander Marine Services Ltd.

Inland Air Charters Ltd.

Inland Air offers memorable and exciting tours into the heart of Gwaii Haanas. Fly in a DHC-2 Beaver, accommodating
1—6 persons to the ancient village sites of Skedans (K’uuna Llnagaay), Nan Sdins (SGang Gwaay Llnagaay), and Hotspring Island (Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay). Our twenty-five years of experience and knowledgeable pilots will ensure you have a spectacular trip.

Box 592, Prince Rupert, B.C., V8J 3R5
Phone: (250)559-4222
Toll Free: 1-888-624-2577
Fax: 250-627-1356
Email: info@inlandair.bc.ca


Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Join Kingfisher on a fully inclusive 6 to 15-day sea kayaking expedition of Gwaii Haanas. Each trip is led by two highly-experienced naturalist/guides with a maximum of 8 guests kayaking single and double kayaks. 2016 will be Kingfisher's 18th year leading exceptional sea kayaking expeditions to many BC destinations.

Mail Box 1318, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0
Phone 250-956-4617
Toll Free: 1-866-546-4347
Email: info@kingfisher.ca
Website: kingfisher.ca

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

Board National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion and join a team of naturalists, photographers and National Geographic Experts for a two-week expedition from Seattle, Washington to Sitka, Alaska, including three days in Haida Gwaii and Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site.

Mail: 96 Morton Street 9th Floor, NY, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 261-9000
Toll Free: 1-800-397-3348
Email: explore@expeditions.com
Website: www.expeditions.com


Maple Leaf Adventures

One of National Geographic's "best adventure travel companies," Maple Leaf operates boutique expedition tours. Since 1988, we have welcomed guests for a comprehensive exploration of Haida Gwaii and Gwaii Haanas. Features: local guides, expert naturalists, classic ships, ensuite staterooms, lots of shore time, gourmet chef, kayaks, zodiacs, fishing, hydrophone, sailing.

Kevin Smith
Box 8845 Stn Central
Victoria BC V8W 3Z1
Phone: (250)386-7245
Toll-free: 1-888-599-5323
Email: info@mapleleafadventures.com
Website: www.mapleleafadventures.com

Maple Leaf Adventures

Moresby Explorers

Touring the waters around Gwaii Haanas since 1988 has earned us a growing reputation for providing fun, educational and safe wilderness adventures at affordable prices. Locally owned and operated. We offer zodiac boat tours one to four days long, floating lodge accomodations, kayak rentals and transportation, general outfitting and an outdoor gear store.

P. O. Box 127,
Sandspit, B.C. V0T 1T0
Phone: 250-637-2215
Toll Free/Fax/Phone: 1-800-806-7633
Email: info@moresbyexplorers.com
Website: www.moresbyexplorers.com

Moresby Explorers

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp

The mission of Mount Moresby Adventure Camp (MMAC) is “to strengthen the connection between youth and the diverse natural and cultural landscapes of Haida Gwaii through experiential education”. We achieve this through our Forest Stewardship Program, held at our camp on Mosquito Lake; the Outdoor Education Program, run in island elementary schools; and the Explorers Team Program for children under 6 years of age. Since 2015, MMAC has worked with Parks Canada and local transport providers to facilitate a three day field trip into Gwaii Haanas for local grade 9 students.

Leslee Mackey
Mail: Box 826, Masset, BC V0T 1M0
Phone: 867-444-1618
Email: mmacexecutivedirector@gmail.com
Website: www.mountmoresbyadventurecamp.ca

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp

Ocean Adventures Charter Co. Ltd.

We offer cultural and natural history tours into Gwaii Haanas onboard our 54’ motor yacht. With her experienced crew, you will enjoy unparalled service, comfort, privacy, and gourmet cuisine! We believe our small group size of up to six guests will help ensure you experience the trip of a lifetime!

Eric and Trish Boyum
Mail: 3615 Eagleview Drive 
Courtenay, BC V9N 4A7 
Phone: (604) 812-9453
Fax: (604) 988-5990
Email: info@oceanadventures.bc.ca
Website: www.oceanadventures.bc.ca

Ocean Adventures Charter Co. Ltd.

Ocean Light II Adventures

As the longest running operator and only fully guided mothership tour in Gwaii Haanas, we offer exciting adventure and natural history trips into the heart of the archipelago. Our beautiful 71’ ketch, Ocean Light II, comfortably accommodates nine. We invite special interest groups, photographers, kayakers, families, and individuals seeking adventure.

Jenn Broom
Mail: 363-1917 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7
Phone: 604-328-5339
Email: adventure@oceanlight2.bc.ca
Website: www.oceanlight2.bc.ca

Ocean Light II Adventures

Ocean Sound Kayaking Company

Owner/Operated since 1995! Ocean Sound Kayaking offers fully catered 8 and 10 day sea kayak expeditions with superb meals to small groups. Using a mixed fleet of single and double kayaks provides our guests the comfort, safety and independence they deserve. No experience necessary.

PO Box 74, Sandspit, BC, V0T 1T0
Email: info@oceansoundkayaking.com
Website: www.oceansoundkayaking.com

Ocean Sound Kayaking Company

Outer Shores Expeditions

Our small-ship expeditions provide extraordinary and intimate opportunities for groups of 6 guests to be immersed in ancient cultures and stunning wildlife of Canada’s Pacific Coast. With our crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, we’ll explore the incredible coastline of B.C. aboard the 70’ classic wooden schooner, Passing Cloud.

Mail: 360 B Harbour Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3S1
Phone: 250-220-2311
Toll free: 1-855-714-7233
Email: info@outershores.ca
Website: www.outershores.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OuterShores

Outer Shores Expeditions

Rose Harbour Guest House

Operating since 1987 in southern Gwaii Haanas. Birdwatcher's Paradise. Spectacular views. Boat tours. SGang Gwaay totems. Old growth forest. Whaling station. Nature observation. Customized experiences to your heart's desire, or package tours. Be guided by the year-round resident.

Goetz Hanisch,
Box 437, Queen Charlotte, B.C. V0T 1S0
Phone: 604-343-1870
Email: mail@roseharbour.com
Website: www.roseharbour.com

Rose Harbour Guest House

Tofino Expeditions

Our sea kayaking trips visit what we, after over 20 years
of guiding here, consider the very best attractions of the Islands. We offer full service guided trips in southern
Gwaii Haanas that highlight the significant natural and
cultural features of the area. We have a reputation for
great camp food and minimum impact camping.

Grant Thompson
Mail:PO Box 96037, Portland OR, USA, 97296
Phone: (503)364-0400
Fax: (503)364-5326
Email: info@tofino.com
Website: www.tofino.com

Tofino Expeditions

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