PREPARING FOR YOUR HAIDA GWAII TOUR
Personal Gear List
With years of experience, our gear list outlines: the correct items, the proper materials, and how our guests should pack for their tour with OSK. View our recommended gear list.
Before any guest can reserve their Gwaii Haanas sea kayak tour with OSK, guests need to have an idea of how they will be travelling to Sandspit, BC the staging community for all of our Haida Gwaii tours.
Our tours will be in a remote coastal environment exposed to a diversity of weather conditions and transportation to/from Gwaii Haanas may require last minute adjustments from our transport providers. It is for these reasons that we require all travel arrangements to be made NO later than the day before the tour start date, and leave island NO sooner than the day after the tours scheduled last day. Getting to Haida Gwaii
Get the lay of the land, here is a visitors map of Sandspit, BC.
Once you have an idea of what your travel arrangements look like and have RESERVED a spot on your desired Haida Gwaii kayak tour, guests need to arrange for their on island accommodations. Sandspit is a small community of roughly 250 people, and beds can be very limited at the various B&B’s, Hotels, and Lodges found in town. Suggested Accommodations
Medical and Trip Insurance
Most people have insurance without knowing it through their credit card, health plan, personal insurance, etc. I strongly recommend that all guests have travel insurance to cover any unexpected situations and illnesses that could arise before and especially during your tour in Gwaii Haanas, as any evacuation from this remote location “WILL” be costly.
For Out of Province and Non-Canadian Residents this should be a must for you as medical costs and evacuations can be very expensive. See your travel agent for further information regarding coverage in British Columbia, Canada. Tour delays can be costly, whether its due to bad weather, cancelled or delayed transportation (flights, ferries or zodiac), and illness or like situations that Ocean Sound Kayaking cannot control, are not included in the tour costs.
Haida Gwaii Visitor Center
Many guests often enjoy a few extra days exploring the islands before or after their kayak trip, which I can definitely help with some suggestions for activities and attractions. To get the most current information on car rentals, Graham Island accommodations, hiking trails, etc. one should check out the following links Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre and Go Haida Gwaii.
Books and References
All tours will have a small library for guests to enjoy and reference to while kayaking with Ocean Sound Kayaking. These books will cover the Flora and Fauna of the islands, Aquatic ecosystems, and Haida Culture. Below are some suggestions for those that wish to do some pre-tour reading.
- The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed (Available in tour library)
- The Queen Charlotte Islands,-Places and Names Vol. 2 (Available in tour library)
- Ninstants- Haida World Heritage Site (Available in tour library)
- Ravens Cry (Available in tour library)
- Haida Monumental Art
- Chiefs of the Sea and Sky
- Those Born At Koona
- A Guide to the Queen Charlotte Islands
- To The Charlottes- George Dawson’s 1878 Survey
- Islands At The Edge Islands
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.