Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

What to Expect.

Think hearty meals shared around the campfire - strangers becoming friends. Imagine stunning landscapes full of life - navigating protected inlets and exposed shorelines with the stroke of your paddle. Remember the sights, smells, and knowledge gained - and that perfect moment when the world just made sense. Our goal is simply to facilitate your connection with nature, fellow guests, and the Haida culture... that's what you can expect.  To learn more read Our Tripping Style, or watch the videos below.

GCK is run by young locals who are passionate about what they do and whose philosophy is to create a collaborative wilderness adventure that is fun, flexible, and safe. Our trip brought us to ancient Haida sites, pristine beachside campsites, ancient forest walks, bountiful fishing spots and we met plenty of wildlife along the way. I’ll never forget my midnight swim under the shooting stars with glowing salmon and a seal in phosphorescent waters! My only complaint is that no amount of paddling could burn off all the delicious food. ;) Thank you GCK!
— Patrick, 2016

Our 2017 Kayak Trip Schedule

Trip Region Start and Finish Locations 2017 Dates Trip Length Price* Status Highlights
Northern Gwaii Haanas Tanu Island to Marco Island May 5 to 10 5 Days $1950 Full. Read More
K'uuna Gwaay and Gwaii Haanas Skedans Bay to Tanu Island June 5 to 9 5 Days $1800 Full. Read More
Southern Gwaii Haanas Carpenter Bay to Rose Harbour June 21 to 28 8 Days $2150 Full. Read More
Southern Gwaii Haanas Rose Harbour to Carpenter Bay July 2 to July 9 8 Days $2150 Full. Read More
Central Gwaii Haanas Carpenter Bay to Hotspring Island July 9 to 16 8 Days $2250 Full. Read More
Northern Gwaii Haanas Hotspring Island to Skedans Bay July 16 to 23 8 days $2150 Full Read More
Northern Gwaii Haanas Skedans Bay to Hotspring Island July 23 to 30 8 Days $2150 Full. Read More
Central Gwaii Haanas Hotspring Island to Carpeneter Bay July 30 to Aug 6 8 Days $2250 Full Read More
Southern Gwaii Haanas Carpenter Bay to Rose Harbour Aug 6 to 13 8 Days $2250 Full Read More
Sounthern Gwaii Haanas Rose Harbour to Carpenter Bay Aug 13 to 20 8 Days $2250 Full Read More
Central Gwaii Haanas Carpenter Bay to Hotspring Island Aug 20 to 27 8 Days $2250 Full Read More
Central Gwaii Haanas Hotspring Island to Tanu Aug 27 to Sep 1 6 Days SALE! $1500 Space Availalbe Read More
K’uuna Gwaay & Gwaii Haanas Tanu to Skedans Bay Sep 1 to 6 6 Days SALE! $1500 Space Available Read More

* All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars, and do not include GST (5%).


Need Gear? We've got it.

GCK trip participants have traditionally been responsible to bring all their own personal camping equipment, but the times they are a changing! We now offer rental options for Dry Bags, Tents, Sleeping Mats, and Sleeping Bags so guests don’t have to spend a bunch of money if they don’t already own this stuff. Plus, it can sometimes be a hassle to bring all this gear on a plane. All the gear will be good quality and newly purchased in 2017. We wouldn’t send you out there with anything we wouldn’t use ourselves. Again, just indicate that this is something you're interested in on your reservation form and we'll follow up with details and pricing.

Let Us Help with Your Accommodation.

We're more than happy to book accommodation for you before and after your trip, at some of our favourite local spots. These spots will hang onto any extra luggage you have while you're out paddling, and they will help make your departure and return simple. Rates vary depending on what you're looking for. If you indicate in your reservation form this is a service you're interested in, we'll follow up with details and pricing.

 

... and finally, pricing

Trip costs, and subsequent prices, vary with the length of the trip and the region being explored. Longer trips in the southern region are slightly more costly because of zodiac and staffing requirements, versus shorter trips in the north which are relatively less.

 

A bit about departure & arrival logistics...

 Guests are responsible for booking their travel to and from Haida Gwaii, and their accommodation in either Sandspit or Queen Charlotte the night before and after your trip (unless you book through us). We then organize all your transport from the hotel down to Gwaii Haanas by van (1 hr) + zodiac (1-4 hrs depending on trip location), and back again. For more information see our Travel Info section. 


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Skedans Bay to Tanu Island

Observe Gwaii Haanas at the peak of its natural abundance (May) when migrating whales and sea birds arrive to take advantage of the nutrient rich waters. This trip launches just north of the park boundary, where we visit the ancient village of Skedans, and then paddle south to explore the region surrounding Tanu. Trip highlights include:

  • Visit both K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) and T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where guests can learn about the local culture from Haida Watchmen while surrounded by relics of the past
  • A naturalist’s dream as we paddle amongst the nesting grounds (Laskeek Bay) of many migrating Sea Birds who will be prolific in spring, as well as the majestic Humpbacks.
  • Stop and chat with the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society research team at their rustic station on Limestone Island
  • Hand-fishing from our kayaks along the rocky cliffs of Vertical Point

Enjoy the quiet beauty of our natural world in the early spring while few others are visiting the region.

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Tanu Island to Marco Island

The right place at the right time – observe migrating whales and sea birds at the peak of their numbers while paddling between ancient Haida Villages. Trip highlights include:

  • Great opportunities to observe sea birds and marine mammals along the rugged coast of the Hecate Straight and through Juan Perez Sound
  • Visit the ancient village site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where thick moss reclaims cedar poles once used for long houses and totems
  • Experience the warm welcome of Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay), where visitors have the option to sleep in a traditional Haida long house and walk amongst giant Sitka Spruce trees
  • Rejuvenate yourself in the natural hot baths of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island), which are newly renovated in 2017 after a previous earth-quake disturbed the flow

Enjoy the quiet beauty of our natural world in the early spring while few others are visiting the region.

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Rose Harbour Guest House Expedition

Experience the raw beauty and powerful culture of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site with this dynamic tour that enables guests to paddle remote island waters with the GCK guide team while still enjoying the comforts of a warm cabin and home-cooked meal each night. Your host - Gwaii Haanas Guest House is ideally located in Rose Harbour at the southern tip of Haida Gwaii allowing us access to the infamous UNESCO World Heritage Site – S’Gang Gwaay Llanagaay – where people from around the planet gather to appreciate the historic totems of the Haida Nation. Highlights include:

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site – S'Gang Gwaay - where nature slowly re-claims ancient Villages and Totems
  • A unique west coast ecosystem melding the Pacific Ocean into temperate coastal rainforest
  • Opportunities to view a variety of marine mammals, sea-birds, and ocean life – in addition to iconic bears and eagles
  • Learn about local culture and environment from the Haida Watchmen stationed at each Heritage Site

This trip is made possible by the combined efforts of Gwaii Haanas Guest House and Green Coast Kayaking (GCK), both of which are locally based companies passionate about Haida Gwaii. The Guest House is uniquely situated on the only privately owned land within Gwaii Haanas National Park, which allows for this unique opportunity to access a remote wilderness area without pitching a tent. Owners Patrick and Walleda are excellent hosts with lots of stories to share – they literally built this guest house from the floor up incorporating all sorts of creative adaptions. GCK will provide all the gear and support you need to paddle and explore the region in a safe and educational manner. This company specializes in remote wilderness expeditions, and owner/guide – Bryce – calls Haida Gwaii home where he also works as a Paramedic.

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Marco Island to Tanu

The right place at the right time – observe migrating whales and sea birds at the peak of their numbers while paddling between ancient Haida Villages. Trip highlights include:

  • Great opportunities to observe sea birds and marine mammals along the rugged coast of the Hecate Straight and through Juan Perez Sound
  • Visit the ancient village site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where thick moss reclaims cedar poles once used for long houses and totems
  • Experience the warm welcome of Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay), where visitors have the option to sleep in a traditional Haida long house and walk amongst giant Sitka Spruce trees
  • Rejuvenate yourself in the natural hot baths of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island), which are newly renovated in 2017 after a previous earth-quake disturbed the flow

Enjoy the quiet beauty of our natural world in the early spring while few others are visiting the region.

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Carpenter Bay to Rose Harbour

This iconic route into southern Gwaii Haanas travels through both protected and exposed waters – Hecate to the Pacific - providing a totally dynamic paddling experience. Trip highlights include:

  • Paddling through the mist to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - SGang Gwaay – to see the incredible standing totem poles and meet with Haida Watchmen
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Pacific Puffin who nests on the rocky islands surrounding SGang Gwaay
  • Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from many of the stunning beaches we call home for the night

Its hard to beat the experience of paddling into the ancient village of SGang Gwaay much like the Haida would have done a hundred years ago.

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Rose Harbour to Carpenter Bay

This iconic route within southern Gwaii Haanas travels through both protected and exposed waters – Pacific to the Hecate - providing a totally dynamic paddling experience. Trip highlights include:

  • Paddling through the mist to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - SGang Gwaay – to see the incredible standing totem poles and meet with Haida Watchmen
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Pacific Puffin who nests on the rocky islands surrounding SGang Gwaay
  • Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from many of the stunning beaches we call home for the night

Its hard to beat the experience of paddling into the ancient village of SGang Gwaay much like the Haida would have done a hundred years ago.

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Carpenter Bay to Hotspring Island

This trip paddles north along the east coast of Moresby Island, into the sheltered waters of Skincuttle Inlet and Burnaby Narrows, and then across Juan perez Sound to Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island).Trip highlights include:

  • Experience a variety of paddling conditions and natural environments as we pass through different regions of central Gwaii Haanas
  • Paddle across Juan Perez Sound which frequently attracts Humpback Whales and other cetaceans (last year hundreds of Risso’s Dolphins gathered in this stretch of water)
  • Reward yourself with a soak in the hot pools of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island) at the end of our journey
  • Good opportunities for viewing the unique sub-species of Black Bear native to Haida Gwaii with its massive head adapted for feeding on intertidal life
  • Eat what you catch after fishing with hand-lines from the kayaks

An incredibly satisfying route combined with ideal weather conditions in mid July (we can only hope) will make this a trip that everyone could enjoy. p>

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Hotsping Island to Skedans Bay

This trips has a big emphasis on cultural history, visiting many Haida Heritage Sites, as we travel north to the upper reaches of Gwaii Haanas and beyond.

  • Rejuvenate yourself in the natural hot baths of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotsprings Island), which are newly renovated in 2017 after a previous earth-quake disturbed the flow
  • Experience the warm welcome of Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay), where visitors have the option to sleep in a traditional Haida long house and walk amongst giant Sitka Spruce trees
  • Excellent opportunities to fish with hand-lines from the kayaks
  • Visit the ancient village site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where thick moss reclaims cedar poles once used for long houses and totems
  • See standing totem poles at the magical K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans)- our last cultural stop of the journey

With the Haida Watchmen as our teachers, and Gwaii Haanas as our classroom, we can begin to open our minds to old traditions and new ideas.

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Skedans Bay to Hotspring Island

This trips has a big emphasis on cultural history, visiting many Haida Heritage Sites, as we travel south from the K”uuna Reserve into Gwaii Haanas and beyond.

  • See standing totem poles at the magical K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans)- our first cultural stop of the journey
  • Hand-fishing from our kayaks along the rocky cliffs of Vertical Point
  • Visit the ancient village site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where thick moss reclaims cedar poles once used for long houses and totems
  • Experience the warm welcome of Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay), where visitors have the option to sleep in a traditional Haida long house and walk amongst giant Sitka Spruce trees
  • Rejuvenate yourself in the natural hot baths of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotsprings Island), which are newly renovated in 2017 after a previous earth-quake disturbed the flow

With the Haida Watchmen as our teachers, and Gwaii Haanas as our classroom, we can begin to open our minds to old traditions and new ideas.

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Hotspring Island to Carpenter Bay

This trip begins with a rejuvenating soak in the hot pools of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island) before heading south through Burnaby Narrows, Skincuttle Inlet, and then out around the exposed coast of the Hecate Strait into the beautiful Carpenter Bay.

  • Experience a variety of paddling conditions and natural environments as we pass through different regions of central Gwaii Haanas
  • Paddle across Juan Perez Sound which frequently attracts Humpback Whales and other cetaceans (last year hundreds of Risso’s Dolphins gathered in this stretch of water)
  • Good opportunities for viewing the unique sub-species of Black Bear native to Haida Gwaii with its massive head adapted for feeding on intertidal life
  • Eat what you catch after fishing with hand-lines from the kayaks

After 8 days of immersing yourself in the wondrous landscape of central Gwaii Haanas you will surely leave with a renewed vigour for life and sense of awe in what the natural world can provide

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Carpenter Bay to Rose Harbour

This iconic route within southern Gwaii Haanas travels through both protected and exposed waters – Pacific to the Hecate - providing a totally dynamic paddling experience. Trip highlights include:

  • Paddling through the mist to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - SGang Gwaay – to see the incredible standing totem poles and meet with Haida Watchmen
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Pacific Puffin who nests on the rocky islands surrounding SGang Gwaay
  • Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from many of the stunning beaches we call home for the night

Its hard to beat the experience of paddling into the ancient village of SGang Gwaay much like the Haida would have done a hundred years ago.

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Rose Harbour to Carpenter Bay

This iconic route within southern Gwaii Haanas travels through both protected and exposed waters – Pacific to the Hecate - providing a totally dynamic paddling experience. Trip highlights include:

  • Paddling through the mist to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - SGang Gwaay – to see the incredible standing totem poles and meet with Haida Watchmen
  • Catch a glimpse of the rare Pacific Puffin who nests on the rocky islands surrounding SGang Gwaay
  • Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from many of the stunning beaches we call home for the night

Its hard to beat the experience of paddling into the ancient village of SGang Gwaay much like the Haida would have done a hundred years ago.

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Carpenter Bay to Hotspring Island

This trip paddles north along the east coast of Moresby Island, into the sheltered waters of Skincuttle Inlet and Burnaby Narrows, and then across Juan perez Sound to Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island).Trip highlights include:

  • Experience a variety of paddling conditions and natural environments as we pass through different regions of central Gwaii Haanas
  • Paddle across Juan Perez Sound which frequently attracts Humpback Whales and other cetaceans (last year hundreds of Risso’s Dolphins gathered in this stretch of water)
  • Reward yourself with a soak in the hot pools of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island) at the end of our journey
  • Good opportunities for viewing the unique sub-species of Black Bear native to Haida Gwaii with its massive head adapted for feeding on intertidal life
  • Eat what you catch after fishing with hand-lines from the kayaks

An incredibly satisfying route combined with ideal weather conditions (we can only hope) will make this a trip that everyone could enjoy. p>

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Hotspring Island to Tanu

This trips has a big emphasis on cultural history, visiting many Haida Heritage Sites, as we travel north to the upper reaches of Gwaii Haanas.

  • Rejuvenate yourself in the natural hot baths of Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotsprings Island), which are newly renovated in 2017 after a previous earth-quake disturbed the flow
  • Experience the warm welcome of Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay), where visitors have the option to sleep in a traditional Haida long house and walk amongst giant Sitka Spruce trees
  • Excellent opportunities to fish with hand-lines from the kayaks
  • Visit the ancient village site of T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where thick moss reclaims cedar poles once used for long houses and totems

With the Haida Watchmen as our teachers, and Gwaii Haanas as our classroom, we can begin to open our minds to old traditions and new ideas.

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Tanu Island to Skedans Bay

Paddling this region of Gwaii Haanas and K’uuna Conservancy in late summer provides the unique opportunity to observe the iconic salmon run as hundreds of Pink Salmon congregate in several rivers that we explore. :

  • Visit both K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) and T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where guests can learn about the local culture from Haida Watchmen while surrounded by relics of the past
  • Great opportunities to observe sea birds and marine mammals along the rugged coast of the Hecate Straight and through Laskeek Bay
  • Camp at river-mouths where schools of salmon are beginning to run up-stream to spawn
  • Good opportunities for viewing the unique sub-species of Black Bear native to Haida Gwaii with its massive head adapted for feeding on intertidal life
  • Hand-fishing from our kayaks along the rocky cliffs of Vertical Point

Enjoy the quiet beauty of our natural world in a time and place where few other humans pass.

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Skedans Bay to Tanu

Paddling this region of Gwaii Haanas and K’uuna Conservancy in late summer provides the unique opportunity to observe the iconic salmon run as hundreds of Pink Salmon congregate in several rivers that we explore. :

  • Visit both K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) and T’aanuu Llnagaay (Tanu) where guests can learn about the local culture from Haida Watchmen while surrounded by relics of the past
  • Great opportunities to observe sea birds and marine mammals along the rugged coast of the Hecate Straight and through Laskeek Bay
  • Camp at river-mouths where schools of salmon are beginning to run up-stream to spawn
  • Good opportunities for viewing the unique sub-species of Black Bear native to Haida Gwaii with its massive head adapted for feeding on intertidal life
  • Hand-fishing from our kayaks along the rocky cliffs of Vertical Point

Enjoy the quiet beauty of our natural world in a time and place where few other humans pass.