Haida Gwaii August 16 to 22, 2020

August 16 to 22, 2020

SHORT HISTORY:“Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago of more than 150 islands located off the coast of Northern British Columbia[…]The islands have gained a reputation for breathtaking natural beauty and a remarkable First Nations culture.

For thousands of years, the islands of Haida Gwaii have been inhabited by the Haida, an indigenous people to whom art, culture, legends, mythology, and community played an important role in their lives. Argillite carvings, totem poles and ancient Haida villages attract visitors from around the world.” - BC Adventure Network

Immerse yourself in raw, natural beauty while delving into the culture and heritage of this wondrous place by staying for 4 nights at the Sea Raven Motel and 1 night at the Sandspit Inn, visit Gwaii Haanas National Park, tour the Haida village of Old Massett, and peruse artisan shops, galleries, local museums, and so much more!

You don’t want to miss this journey where you’ll discover nature as it was meant to be seen.


Sunday, August 16

Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer to the Pacific Gateway Airport Hotel. Once you have checked in, you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Monday, August 17

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Early this morning, depart the hotel for your Air Canada flight to Sandspit. There, our mini-bus will greet us and bring us to Graham Island; the largest and most densely populated island on the archipelago, and where you will begin your journey by visiting the impressive Haida Heritage Center at Kaay’Ilnagaay. This original Queen Charlotte Island museum was opened in 1976 by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and was re-opened in 2008 after 7 years of restorations and renovations. The museum tells the story of the Haida Nation and features a large collection of Haida cultural materials and native art.

Late afternoon check into the Sea Raven Motel in Queen Charlotte City. Dinner and overnight at the Motel.


Tuesday, August 18

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Following breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure. You may choose the optional (but highly recommended) flight to Ninstints, or take the day for yourself and take in the sights and sounds of Graham Island - watch a film at the Visitor Center, browse some of the town’s shops, or simply enjoy the scenery.

Ninstints is the best of the preserved abandoned Haida villages. The Haidas deserted Ninstints around 1885, and today, the dignified poles along the beach seem like phantoms of the past. Fly in a 6- passenger Beaver floatplane, taking off from Queen Charlotte Island. View San Christoval Mountains and Moresby Island from the sky, following which you will take a boat ride through the Stewart Channel to Anthony Island. Feel the presence of Haida history and culture while walking among ruins of old longhouses and tilted totem poles.

Whichever you choose to do, lunch and dinner will be on your own with an overnight at the Sea Raven Motel.


Wednesday, August 19

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After breakfast this morning, you will be joined for the day by a local naturalist who will educate you on the culture, natural history, ecology, and geology of this magnificent place. You will then drive to Masset. A small fishing village on the north side of Graham Island, Masset is known for areas of pristine beauty and unique culture. Celebrities and tourists alike visit this village to enjoy its endless hiking trails, beautiful beaches, and incredible wildlife. One of Masset’s most visited areas is the Haida Village of Old Masset. Known mostly for its totem carvings, this small village is also abundant with craft and art shops. Although many of the villagers sell their art out of their homes, Sarah’s Haida Arts and Jewelry Shop is one of the most prolific traditional Haida art stores on the island. The village is also home to the largest collection of totem poles on the island, including St John’s Church Totem that stands before St John’s church. Visit these places, as well as view the amazing homes carved in the style of traditional Haida longhouses, the intricate spruce weavings, a carved totem fence, and all the beauty that surrounds the village.

Afterwards, drive along the beautiful North Beach to Naikoon Provincial Park. The Park became a Class A park in 1973 and boasts a mixture of temperate rainforest ecosystems, wetlands, bogs, sand dunes, and approximately 100 km of beaches. Tow Hill (which you will visit) and Rose Spit are iconic areas that are included in many of the Haida traditional stories.

Here, you will walk to the top of volcanic Tow Hill for a breathtaking view of the coast (and sometimes even Alaska), admire the ocean at The Blowhole, or search for treasures along Agate Beach.

Return to the motel after this amazing day and enjoy dinner on your own.


Thursday, August 20

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Following breakfast, depart for Tlell. This small village may only have 183 inhabitants, but it has a big presence! Known for its artisans and galleries, it is also known for the Tlell Fell Fair as well as the Edge of the World Music Festival. The Festival runs for an entire weekend and features internationally renowned musicians and showcases many of Haida Gwaii's own amazing musicians. It is the most anticipated event of the year. Here, you will be able to peruse boutiques and craft shops such as Sitka Studio and Crystal Cabin.

A picnic lunch will be offered at Tlell Beach. Along the way, you will make stops at extraordinary places such as Balance Rock, St. Mary’s Spring, and the Port Clements Museum.

Additionally, you will walk through the trails of Masset Inlet Shortline Trail, as well as the much anticipated Golden Spruce where the majority of trees here are upwards of 500 years old!

Golden Spruce is located in the Golden Spruce Trail with paths that wind through the rainforest. Before the actual tree was vandalized in 1997, it was famous for its unique colour. The tree was 164 feet high and had needles of gold. Estimated to have been approximately 300 years old, it was something of a mystery to onlookers. Considered sacred by the Haida people since the illegal felling of the tree in 1997, tree, numerous attempts have been made to propagate the tree ever since.

This evening, you will transfer to Keenawiis Kitchen in Skidegate where Haida Member, Roberta Olson, will serve a delicious Haida Feast of dried traditional foods, chowder, smoked salmon, halibut, venison, herring, salad, and a scrumptious berry desert. You don’t want to miss this meal!


Friday, August 21

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Following breakfast, transfer to Moresby Island (Gwaii Haanas in the language of the Haida people) by ferry then ride in vans through back roads to Moresby Camp at the head of Cumshewa Inlet. This is the farthest point that a road penetrates through the South Moresby wilderness. From there, you will transfer to Gwaii Haanas National Park.

Upon arrival in Gwaii Haanas National Park, you will board large zodiacs for an all-day excursion around Louise Island. Rich with history, it is also a great area to learn about the ecology and environment of Haida Gwaii, both on land and in the water. And if you’re lucky, you may even see some wildlife! Explore the secluded coves and narrow passages while watching for amazing wildlife such as seals, sea lions, peregrine falcons, and eagles. Overnight at the Sandspit Inn


Saturday, August 22

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After enjoying your last breakfast in Haida Gwaii, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Vancouver.


HAIDA GWAII—GENERAL CONDITIONS

COST OF TOUR (LAND ONLY)

$4,445 per person, based on double occupancy

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$420 per person.

Optional Ninstints Tour

$791 per person.

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE

  • TRANSPORTATION: Airfare from Vancouver to Sandspit return on Air Canada. We can arrange airfares from your departure city to Vancouver and return if required. Mini-bus transportation for Haida Gwaii.
  • TRANSFERS AND SIGHTSEEING: Group transfer from Vancouver Airport to the Pacific Gateway Hotel at a designated time on August 18th. Sightseeing and transportation on Haida Gwaii as per itinerary.
  • TIPS & TAXES: Current air transport taxes and security fee from Vancouver to Sandspit and return. Tipping to tour guides and driver.
  • GUIDES: Knowledgeable tour director and local guides
  • HOTELS/MEALS: 6 nights accommodation & hotel taxes. 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners as per itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE

Airfare Airfare from home city to Vancouver return. Cancellation, baggage and health insurance, excess baggage charges, food and beverages not included in the group menus, wines and liquors, individual services and any items of a personal nature.

RESPONSIBILITY

Executive Cultural Tours and/or their agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries act only as agents for the hotel, airlines, bus companies and operators providing accommodation, transportation, meals, tours or other services and all coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts and tickets issued by the Company are issued subject to all tariffs, terms and conditions under which the forgoing or any other services whatsoever are provided by such hotels, airlines, bus companies. By the acceptance of such coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts and tickets, the tour member agrees that the Company shall not become liable or responsible for any loss, injury or damage to the person, firm or corporation. Further, the Company shall not become liable or responsible for any loss, injury or damage due to an Act of God or Act of War. The tour operator reserves the right to withdraw a tour, to refuse to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour at any time or to make changes in the itinerary whenever in their sole judgment conditions warrant or if such changes result from circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator. Executive Cultural Tours and/or their agents shall not be responsible for the injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or other, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying or providing transportation to the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour or otherwise in connection therewith, or of any other hotel proprietor or employee. The aforesaid and their agents can accept no responsibility for losses or accidental expenses due to delay or changes in schedules or hotel overbookings or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

CONDITIONS


BOOKING

A CA$1,000 deposit plus single supplement, if applicable, as well as the optional package tour insurance cost, are required upon reservation. A post-dated cheque for the balance dated May 10, 2020, is also required at the time of reservation.

Cheques should be made payable to Uniglobe The Premiere Travel Group. Credit card payments are accepted.

CANCELLATION

Full refund up to 120 days prior to departure less $500 per person. Between 120 days prior to departure and May 10, 2020, full refund less $1,000 per person. Between May 11 and June 10, 2020, full refund less $2,000. Subsequent to June 11, 2020, no refund will be made for any unused hotel accommodation, meals, transfers, sightseeing, etc. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing.

INSURANCE

The following insurance packages are optional but highly recommended.

ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TOUR INSURANCE

(INCLUDING CANCELLATION)

Sharing Single
Up to age 59: $295.92 $313.20
Age 60 –64: $333.72 $355.32
Age 65 –69: $374.76 $400.68
Age 70—74: $436.32 $466.56
Age 75—79: $628.56 $667.44
Age 80—84: $806.76 $858.60
Age 85+: $1028.16 $1088.64
CANCELLATION/INTERRUPTION INSURANCE
Sharing Single
Up to age 59: $273.24 $290.52
Age 60 –64: $317.52 $339.12
Age 65 –69: $348.84 $374.76
Age 70—74: $402.84 $433.08
Age 75—79: $582.12 $621.00
Age 80+: $768.96 $825.12

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