Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
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. These businesses might not be intending to operate in Gwaii Haanas this year. Please contact tour operators directly to verify if they will be working in Gwaii Haanas this year.
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 email@example.com
Note: The service descriptions below are provided by the operators. Gwaii Haanas does not necessarily endorse any of these services.
A printable list of the licensed tour operators is available in the Gwaii Haanas Trip Planning Guide (PDF, 3.2MB), or you can contact the office for a copy.
Licensed Operators List
Transport and/or Kayak Rental
Guided Day Trips
Guided Kayak Excursions
Guided Sailboat and Powerboat Multiday Excursions
- Archipelago Ventures Ltd.
- Atlas Ocean Tours
- Bluewater Adventures
- Gnoses Sailing Adventures
- Haida Gwaii Charters
- Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
- Maple Leaf Adventures
- Moresby Explorers
- Ocean Adventures Charter Co. Ltd.
- Ocean Light Adventures
- Ocean Sound Kayaking Company
- Outer Shores 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 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.
#3-252 East First Street, North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 1B3
Toll Free: 1-888-877-1770
Butterfly Tours - Kayak Haida Gwaii
Expertly guided kayak expeditions in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Journey to the ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay(Ninstints). We provide single and double expedition kayaks depending on ability and experience, and our group size is six to eight guests per trip. An adventure of a lifetime awaits paddling within Haida Gwaii's Islands of Beauty.
Mail: 1584 Bauza Creek Road, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0
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.
Mail: Box 371, Queen Charlotte, BC V0T 1S0
Queen Charlotte BC V0T 1S0
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.
Green Coast Kayaking Ltd.
P. O. Box 670
Queen Charlotte, B.C. V0T 1S0
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.
Box 92, Tlell, Haida Gwaii, V0T 1Y0
Haida Style Expedition
Haida Style Expeditions is 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 one of our enclosed cabin vessels in style.
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.
PO Box 1535, Skidegate, B.C. V0T 1S1
Phone: (250) 637-1111
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.
Mail: Box 1318, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0
Toll Free: 1-866-546-4347
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.
Box 8845 Stn Central
Victoria BC V8W 3Z1
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.
P. O. Box 127,
Sandspit, B.C. V0T 1T0
Toll Free/Fax/Phone: 1-800-806-7633
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
Ocean Light Adventures
As the longest-running operator in Gwaii Haanas, we offer exciting adventure and natural history trips and mothership kayaking tours into the heart of the archipelago. Our fully refitted 60’ power vessel, Afterglow I, comfortably accommodates eight. We invite special interest groups, photographers, kayakers, families, and individuals seeking adventure.
Mail: 1543 Park Ave, Roberts Creek, BC V0N 2W2
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.
PO Box 74, Sandspit, BC, V0T 1T0
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
With over 30 years of experience guiding award-winning full-service sea kayaking trips in Haida Gwaii, we operate all our southern Gwaii Haanas expeditions in the comfort of fast and stable tandem kayaks. This ensures we are able to visit as many of the significant natural and cultural features of this unforgettable place as possible.
Mail: PO Box 3014, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N5
Toll Free: 800-677-0877
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