Route: Tanu to Burnaby Island
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Description: Our northern journey takes us to the moss covered village site of Tanu (T’aanuu Llnagaay, where the Haida Watchmen share the history of this once bustling community; and to the old-growth trees of Windy Bay (Hlk’yah Llnagaay), home of the legacy pole that was erected in honour of co-governance between the Haida Nation and the Canadian government . We also hope to visit the rich intertidal life of Burnaby (Dolomite) Narrows, and test the pools at the natural hotsprings on Hotspring Island (Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay), which are rumoured to have been partially restored after an earthquake disrupted the flow in 2013. The waters on this route are alive with nesting and fledgling sea birds (e.g., pigeon guillemots, ancient and marbled murrelets, black oystercatchers), and the spawning herring in Juan Perez Sound attract the great humpback whales.
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: 2000 CAD