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 tour operators that operate in Gwaii Haanas. Due to the current closure, tours are currently unavailable. Please check the COVID-19 web page regularly for more information, or contact tour operators directly for updates.
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.Kayak Mothershipping Transportation Services Powerboat Tours
Atlas Ocean Tours
Nourish the body, mind and spirit with a six day wilderness adventure aboard the MV Island Bay, fully equipped for touring and mothership kayaking.
James Nickerson and Catherine Rigg
Mail: PO Box 34, Tlell, BC, V0T 1Y0
Award-winning, educational, wildlife and cultural sailing tours. Join expert guides - marine biologists, anthropologists, ornithologists, Haida leaders – aboard multi-day sailing expeditions with highly experienced crew. Our 80’/70’ sailing vessels, Island Solitude and Island Roamer provide comfortable cabins with ensuite accommodation, single & double kayaks, zodiacs for frequent shore excursions.Kayak Mothershipping Sailboat Tours
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.Kayak Tours Kayak Mothershipping
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.Sailboat Tours Transportation Services
Green Coast Kayaking Ltd.
Green Coast is a locally owned kayaking company that specializes in 8 day kayak expeditions that connect our guests with the people, land and sea of Haida Gwaii. In operation since 1989, our trips are defined by communal living, respect for nature and education.Kayak Tours
Gwaii Haanas Guest House and Kayaks
Rustic, comfortable accommodation, authentic Thai cuisine deep within Gwaii Haanas. Floatplane transportation, kayak rental, rigid hull inflatable speedboat excursions focusing on cultural and natural heritage including totem poles at Ninstints (SGang Gwaay Llnagaay), bird colonies, sea lion rookeries, remote beaches, giant trees. Beachcombing, hiking. Local guide/owner. English! French! Thai!Kayak Mothershipping Kayak Rentals Powerboat Tours Transportation Services
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.Sailboat Tours
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.Powerboat Tours Transportation Services
Highlander Marine Services Ltd.
Specialized marine transportation and support services aboard high speed aluminum landing craft. Our vessels Highlander, the Highland Ranger and the Highland Carrier are all Transport Canada certified to carry passengers and freight. Services include project logistics and planning support, towing, media/film support, vehicle and equipment movement, kayak group transport.Transportation Services
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.
Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
Join Kingfisher on a fully inclusive 5, 8 or 15 day sea kayaking expedition of Gwaii Haanas. Each trip is led by highly-experienced guides with a maximum of 8 guests paddling single and double kayaks. Kingfisher has over 20 years of experience leading exceptional kayaking expeditions in British Columbia.Kayak Tours
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.Kayak Mothershipping Sailboat Tours
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 1-4 day zodiac tours, floating lodge accommodations, kayak rentals and transportation, general outfitting and an outdoor gear store.Kayak Tours Kayak Rentals Powerboat Tours Transportation Services
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.Kayak Tours
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!Kayak Mothershipping Powerboat Tours
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.Kayak Mothershipping Sailboat Tours
Ocean Sound Kayaking Company
Celebrating 30 years of “Once in Lifetime Moments” on Haida Gwaii. Simply a must-do for natural history and wildlife enthusiasts. Specializing in 5, 8, 10 day fully catered kayak tours, while using a mix fleet of single and double kayaks provides our guests the comfort, safety and independence they deserve.Kayak Tours
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: Box 361, Cobble Hill, BC, V0R 1L0
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.Kayak Tours Kayak Mothershipping Powerboat Tours Overnight Hiking
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