Central Route


Route: Burnaby Island and Juan Perez Sound

Bookings: one spot left!

Description: Experience the natural beauty and abundance of wildlife that Burnaby Island and Juan Perez Sound have to offer. Our Central Route is a nature-lover's dream, as we explore the rich old growth forests of Skincuttle Inlet and abundant intertidal zones of Dolomite Narrows. For the budding birders among you, the waters on this route are alive with nesting and fledgling sea birds such as pigeon guillemots, marbled murrelets, and black oystercatchers. We may even get lucky enough to see a few humpback whales, who are attracted by the spawning herring in Juan Perez Sound. We will also take advantage of the Copper Islands and nearby bays, which often provide sheltered campsites with sweeping views of Hecate Strait and passing marine life. Experience the rich cultural history of the area, as we see evidence of the First Nations' relationship with the natural environment in Culturally Modified Trees and clam gardens throughout the Sound. We also hope to test the pools at the natural hotsprings on Hotspring Island (Glandll K'in Gwaay.yaay, one of the five Haida Heritage sites), which are rumoured to have been partially restored after an  earthquake disrupted the flow in 2013. If you are a nature-lover, this trip is not to be missed! The Central Route is appropriate for all levels of paddlers.

Difficulty: Applicable to all levels of paddlers.

Start/End: Your trip starts and ends in Sandspit.

Transport: A local zodiac tour operator, Moresby Explorers Ltd., will pick you up in Sandspit and take you into Gwaii Haanas. At the end of your trip, Moresby Explorers will pick you up and take you back to Sandspit. A one-way zodiac ride is 2-3 hours long.

Cost: 2,000 CAD

July 15
Southern Route
July 29
Northern Route