SEA KAYAK GWAII HAANAS - HAIDA GWAII
(QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS)
BRITISH COLUMBIA KAYAK TOURS, CANADA
Haida Gwaii is a different world. It’s as far removed as possible from the crowds, traffic jams, and street lights of the city.
Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte islands) is located in the Pacific Northwest some 90 Miles from the British Columbia mainland, and less than 35 Miles from the glacier capped mountains of the Alaskan panhandle. It’s a place where the sea and land are woven into the Haida Culture.
In 2010 the Haida First Nations alongside with the Canadian Government officially changed what was formally known as the Queen Charlotte Islands to Haida Gwaii, which translates to “Islands of the People”.
Gwaii Haanas National Park is a Global Leader in Conservation. With approximately 4900 square kilometers from Mountaintop to Ocean Floor, Gwaii Haanas is the largest integrated sea- land conservation management area in the World! It engulfs over 200 islands, offers sea kayakers 1,700 km of shoreline, has more than 800 watersheds to explore, and is home to 20% of British Columbia’s sea bird population.
The archipelago regularly showcases why it’s deserving of its international reputation as the “Galapagos of the North”. In 2005 National Geographic’ Traveler magazine selected Gwaii Haanas as the No.1 park destination in North America. In 2014, the magazine then named Haida Gwaii one of the world’s top-20 places to visit.
To maintain the integrity of this wilderness, Gwaii Haanas operates on a very limited permit system. Ocean Sound Kayaking is one of the few licensed operators that are allowed to offer kayak tours in Gwaii Haanas.