I’ve wanted to do a kayaking trip in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve for the better part of 20 years. I finally got my chance this summer.
The one week trip was a stand-out from start to finish. For starters, except for the boat ride down and one hour of rain on the last day, the weather was sunny and hot. Considering this is where you find temperate rainforest, I felt very lucky. The wind was almost always light, so the ocean was calm for this part of the world. Granted there were swells on a couple of the days, but they were entirely manageable. Food was amazing and the company was great. Campsites were beautiful and the pace was such that on most days there was time for an afternoon siesta. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it?
Gwaii National Park is located at the southern end of Haida Gwaii – formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. If you look at a map, you’ll find the islands off the coast of northern British Columbia near the southern edge of Alaska. They are a difficult place to visit so I think you need to go for a week. First you must fly to Sandspit, a small town serviced by Air Canada or take a seven hour ferry ride from Prince Rupert to Skidegate. Then you must get to the boat launch, usually via a shuttle with Moresby Explorers. That’s via a well-traveled dirt logging road. Then there’s a three to five hour boat ride down to Rose Harbour, depending on the logistics of the day for Moresby Explorers. The boat ride is exposed, cold and sometimes wet. It requires that you wear every piece of clothing you’ve brought. I wore seven layers.
But it’s all worth it as you’ll see in the photos below. Our trip started in Rose Harbour and ended on a beach just north of Burnaby Narrows.
There will be many more detailed posts on my kayaking experience in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. But with my time at a premium for the next month, they will have to wait. Hopefully you’ll still get a sense of the wonderful scenery that’s in store for you should you decide to visit. You don’t have to kayak either. There are “motherships” where you sleep on board and explore by day and there are single day and multi-day trips to visit the area arranged via Moresby Explorers as well.
Our trip was with Green Coast Kayaking, a great outfit though you do have to provide and cook a breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Have you ever thought of kayaking in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve?
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- The Trip to Rose Harbour in Gwaii Haanas National Park Preserve
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- Gourmet Dining in the Rainforest near the tip of Haida Gwaii