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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Atlas Ocean Tours
- Bluewater Adventures
- Butterfly Tours - Kayak Haida Gwaii
- Gnoses Sailing Adventures
- Green Coast Kayaking Ltd.
- Gwaii Haanas Guest House and Kayaks
- Haida Gwaii Charters
- Haida Style Expeditions
- Highlander Marine Services Ltd.
- Inland Air Charters Ltd.
- Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
- Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
- Maple Leaf Adventures
- Moresby Explorers
- Mount Moresby Adventure Camp
- Ocean Adventures Charter Co. Ltd.
- Ocean Light II Adventures
- Ocean Sound Kayaking Company
- Outer Shores Expeditions
- Rose Harbour Guest House
- Tofino Expeditions
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
Toll Free: 1-888-624-2577
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Toll free: 1-855-714-7233
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.
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.
Mail:PO Box 96037, Portland OR, USA, 97296