SGang Gwaay Adventurer • 7 Days
Group size is six guests plus two guides.
Each person is equipped with a single kayak.
This tour is suitable for relatively inexperienced paddlers,
as well as accomplished kayakers.
Day One - SGang Gwaay Adventurer
This trip begins in Sandspit, British Columbia. Guests are picked up in the morning at Seaport B&B (or another Sandspit accommodation of your choice) for the one-hour van ride to Moresby Camp. Here, you board a large Zodiac-style speedboat for transport to the southern tip of the archipelago.
Around midday, you arrive at the tiny, isolated community of Rose Harbour to begin your kayak exploration.
Days Two to Six
During this wilderness kayak journey, we explore the inlets, channels, sea cliffs and islands throughout this spectacular, remote region. Whales, sea lions and puffins thrive in this rich and diverse coastal environment. The 7-day SGang Gwaay Adventurer explores a route similar to our 8-day Waters of SGang Gwaay tour. For details, see the route map.
Enjoy a week of paddling the waterways between Rose Harbour and the ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay. This west coast region is a kayaker's dream, with countless coves, islets and beaches to explore. Each night we camp on soft, thick moss amongst the giant old-growth cedar, spruce and hemlock that flourish in the lush temperate rainforests of Gwaii Haanas National Park. We generally paddle to a new campsite each day the weather and sea conditions allow us to.
Visit the ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay on Anthony Island. This extraordinary historical settlement is a United Nations World Heritage Site, also known as Ninstints. Many impressive totem poles still overlook the village and relics of numerous longhouses remain.
Haida Watchmen working at the site can explain the carvings on the poles and provide insightful interpretations of the village and their ancestors who once lived there. Spend a day exploring the island and experiencing the sense of mystery that lingers in this ancient village.
After a week of kayaking and camping in the Gwaii Haanas wilderness, we paddle back to Rose Harbour on the morning of day seven. That afternoon, the speedboat arrives to transport the group to Sandspit. Depending on conditions, the boat may pass through Burnaby Narrows. At the end of the day, you are returned to Seaport B&B, or another Sandspit accommodation of your choice.
The SGang Gwaay Adventurer is suitable for relatively inexperienced paddlers, as well as accomplished kayakers. Even with skilled kayakers, we ask each group member to cooperate with our professional risk management guidelines. Our groups remain with the guides when on the water; there are very limited opportunities to paddle without the guides. Those who may not appreciate this style of group-oriented risk management are encouraged to consider a self-guided trip.
The 7-day SGang Gwaay Adventurer does not have dinner in Rose Harbour on the last night, nor spend the last night at the Rose Harbour Guest House. Our more expensive 8-day Waters of SGang Gwaay tour provides both dinner and accommodation in Rose Harbour on the last night.
Accurate expectations are important.
Prospective tour guests are encouraged to complete the Butterfly way questionnaire before registering.
Routes and itineraries remain very flexible to accommodate changeable west coast conditions. Alternate boat or floatplane transport may be substituted. In order to confirm this trip, two people must register in advance.