Charter Destination

Haida Gwaii & North Coast Previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, the home of the Haida First Nations reverted back to Haida Gwaii in 2010.   Chosen as one of National Geographic‘s 20 Best Trips 2015, the serenity and cultural richness of Haida Gwaii make it a one-of-a kind, unforgettable destination.  The magazine’s story writer Masa Takei observed: Known as the Canadian Galápagos for its endemic wildlife, including the ubiquitous Sitka deer visible along the islands’ only main road, this 155-mile-long, torch-shaped archipelago hangs underneath the Alaska panhandle…The Haida culture, the remote location, and the ocean mist drifting through moss-draped cedars all contribute to the islands’ mystical atmosphere, best experienced without expectations or itineraries. “Life is about letting things unfold,” says Canadian poet and writer Susan Musgrave, who lives outside the islands’ largest town of Masset, where she runs a bed and breakfast. Musgrave urges her guests to let serendipity shape their island experience. “If you ask for a ride, you’ll end up at a party on the beach by the fire, eating crab. That’s how things happen here”. Investigate the welcoming arts scene or the vibrant First Nations culture. Of Haida Gwaii’s total population of approximately 5,000, at least one third is Haida and Aboriginal culture and heritage is thriving here. Enter the incredible raw beauty of the islands’ parks. Experience Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site and the SGang Gwaay UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the last authentic examples of a west coast First Nations village.
Haida Gwaii means “Islands of the People.” The area consists of more than 150 islands of varying sizes. It is the most remote archipelago in Canada, located parallel to the northwest coast of mainland British Columbia, 100km, or 62 miles, across the Hecate Strait from Prince Rupert. Only two of the area’s largest islands are developed. Graham Island in the north has six official communities, and the majority of inhabitants and infrastructure. Moresby Island, just to its south, is home to one community, Sandspit.