Gwaii Haanas Guest House
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site

Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, CANADA

Boat Excursions

Boat excursions are weather permitting.
We do our guided boat trips with complete consideration, enjoyment and safety of our passengers.  Our boat excursions are not constraint to committed schedules like most other tour operators do.  When staying at our guesthouse, you are able to wait for good weather and sea conditions from the comfort of our facilities.  With us, you choose when you want to go and where you want to go (as long as it is consider safe with the guide).  This is our most outstanding feature if you compare us to other tour operators.  A very important consideration if you are looking for a safe, enjoyable and relaxing holiday!

  • All boat excursions are operated with your guide and host Patrick Lemaire who bring you 30+ years of experience in the area.

  • We encourage our guests to share the costs of our boat excursions to bring their total cost per passenger down.

Our Vessel:

19 foot Artigiana Battelli Commercial Rigid Hull inflatable

Engines:  2x tandem 70 HP Susuki, 4 stroke, fuel injection outboards.  Safe (2 engines), low noise and minimum exhaust fumes!

Capacity:  8 to 10 passengers depending on destination.

  • Certified by Ministry of Transport and Canadian Coast Guard.

  • Many safety features only required on larger boats.

  • Fully insured to Park Canada stringent legal requirements.
    This is an open vessel designed for speed and sea worthiness.

For your comfort:

  • We provide full body length cruiser suits (like on picture) to keep you warm and safe.

  • We also provide Helly Henson rubberized raingear if you really need to stay dry and feel like the Michelin man...

Our Guest's favorite locations

Nansdins  Skangwaii 'LLnagaay
Guided tour and boat excursion

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Duration: 5 hours +
25 minutes west of Rose Harbour MAP

Guided tour of an abandoned Haida village site where most of the original , on location, Haida prehistoric cultural artefacts are located.  Best site to see on Haida Gwaii!  Highly recommended!
Includes wildlife sightseeing (seal, sea lions, Puffins and many other seabirds) on the west side of the island weather permitting.
 

 

Cape St-James excursion

Duration 7+ hours
1.5 hours south from Rose Harbour
Dependant on sea and weather conditions.

Off the beaten path!  Hardly anyone ever goes there because it is very remote.  It's wild, it's magnificent and includes a stop at Woodruff Bay, the nicest beach in the park! The very southern tip of Haida Gwaii.   There is amazing bird colonies there best seen in July and the largest Stellar Sea Lion rookery on the coastYour guide favourite!  MAP 

 

Other locations:

Rose Inlet,  Benjamin point,
Guilbert Bay,
Bowles Point and
Other Locations

45 min to 2 hours total boating time
(length of stay at the location almost up to you)

There are many locations easily reachable by boat near Rose Harbour where you can enjoy wildlife and sightseeing.  Many of these locations are out of the way from what the other tour operators offer.  We thus offer an exceptional opportunities to experience our area without seeing anyone else the whole day!  These locations allow us to explore and hang out for a full or part day without too much boating involved.    MAP

 

Boat / floatplane combined transportation with sightseeing options:

We can sometimes offer combined boat and floatplane transportation between Queen Charlotte City and Rose Harbour.  This is our most cost efficient and time saving way to visit the area North of Rose Harbour.

Due to requirement for very good weather, floatplane schedule, our boat availability, and the daylight amount for the day,
we cannot guarantee we can offer these 2 options in advance
.

If you are interested, we will try to make this happen as long as you understand that we cannot make any commitments or promises regarding these 2 transportation options.  We will know at the earliest the day before you are schedule for transportation to or from Rose Harbour if we can offer these options!  We need a recent weather forecast to make a decision.

These trips are absolutely dependant on weather forecast and sea conditions!!!  Lots of open waters, it is a long way, and we believe it should enjoyable and safe!  If we don't want to be out there, you sure won't want to.

Some tour operators will do these trips no matter the weather conditions, WE DON'T...  Why?  Because bad weather conditions means that if anything goes wrong (accidents, mechanical breakdowns, etc), you have a manageable situation that could turn easily into a tragedy.  No matter how good of a boat you have!  (remember the Titanic...)  With us, you know that your safety comes first, not schedules and profits.

So if the sea conditions are not acceptable to us, we use the floatplane.

Hotspring Island boat and floatplane transportation:

Our boat meets the floatplane at Hotspring Island.

This excursion includes:

  • 2-3 hours boat transportation between Hotspring Island and Rose Harbour with a possible stop at Burnaby Narrows.
  • 1 hour minimum stay at Hotspring Island (Parks Canada time limitation regulation).
  • Floatplane transportation is around 35 minutes.

Just let us know if you are interested in this option instead of flying one way between Rose Harbour and Queen Charlotte City.  We will do our best to make it happen MAP
 

Gwaii Haanas Haida watchman sites,
 floatplane and boat transportation:

We visit several sites including:  Burnaby Narrows, Hotspring Island, Windy Bay, Tanu village, and Skedans village.  These are all the main attractions of the area north of Rose Harbour!

This excursion includes:

  • An long day excursion with boat transportation between Skedans village (or Moresby landing) and Rose Harbour.
  • 1 hour minimum stay at Hotspring Island (Parks Canada time limit regulation due to the popularity of the location).
  • Locations are optional (including Skedans) and can be tailor-made to your requirements.  We go where you want to. (sea conditions permitting.)
  • Floatplane transportation is around 15-20 minutes.
     

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Interesting Links:

Parks Canada 1

Parks Canada 2

Haida Heritage Center

Inland Air

Great Canadian Parks

Explore

Great Wild Spaces .Org

UNESCO world heritage site

Gwaii Haanas Tour Operators Association

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Bill Reid Foundation

Earth First

 

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