Gwaii Haanas Expeditions

The heart and soul of Green Coast Kayaking has always been our week long guided trips into the mystical Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.  Communal living, respect for nature, and education define our way of being.

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Bike, Kayak & SUP Rentals

We are excited to announce that we have expanded our fleet to include kayak, stand up paddle board & bike rentals out of Queen Charlotte. If you haven't got time for a full Gwaii Haanas expedition, this is the perfect way to explore the nearby wilderness.

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our company & home

We are the only locally based operator offering kayak expeditions in Gwaii Haanas, and we are proud to show visitors where we live. All our operations are guided by a sense of community, environmental responsibility and education.

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What Our Guests Have Been Saying

Paddling with Green Coast Kayaking is an experience of a lifetime! Our skilled, respectful and helpful leaders enriched our travels with their knowledge of First Nations history and of the lands and ocean life of Gwaii Haanas. Each day was a new paddling delight, from slow drifts through Burnaby Narrows to vigorous paddles out to SGang Gwaay. Each evening an opportunity to live lightly on the land, to practice paddling strokes and prepare marvelous meals together. Sign up!
— - Jackie, Vancouver Island, BC. Gwaii Haanas/15 day Tanu to SGang Gwaay
It was a treasured adventure for us to go kayak camping with you in your beloved Haida Gwaii. The kayak trip was a great mix of cultural experiences, wildlife (sea, land and air), wilderness, community, fun and (not least) kayaking. Many thanks indeed. Big hugs to you and Brie!
— Jumbo, Redwood City, California Gwaii Haanas/South Route

A few Adventures to choose from

Southern Gwaii Haanas: June 21 - 28

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.

Northern Gwaii Haanas: July 23 - 30

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 amongs 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

Central Gwaii Haanas: July 30 - August 6

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