Haida Gwaii; Islands of the People

The richly woven tapestry of British Columbia can be directly attributed to the original First Nations inhabitants who settled the lands here.  The history of Canada’s Indigenous communities is deep, complicated and often times painful.  In spite of this, it’s impossible to fully appreciate British Columbia without recognizing the original inhabitants who settled here. There are over 200 unique First Nations and Métis bands in British Columbia, and each one contributes to our culture, history and the building of our future.  Experience the culture firsthand, as you visit both Vancouver and Haida Gwaii. Urban pursuits provide excitement in Vancouver while serene Haida Gwaii will bring you solace among magnificent beaches and old-growth forests.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

Upon your arrival in Vancouver, you will be met by your driver and transported to your hotel downtown. Once settled, take some time to explore the city center or go for dinner. We’re happy to assist with reservations, or make recommendations to a number of fantastic nearby restaurants. Vancouver is a culinary epi-center, and offers every cuisine imaginable! Accommodations are at the Wedgewood Hotel in a Penthouse Suite.

Day 2

Spend the day visiting Vancouver’s most iconic destinations. Cruise for culture in Chinatown, marvel at the tall totems in Stanley Park and revisit history in Gastown. The Coast Salish, one of the largest First Nations in the province, inhabits the entire region and their influence can be felt everywhere from art galleries to festivals. Accommodations are at the Wedgewood Hotel in a Penthouse Suite.

Day 3

This morning your driver will collect you for a short transfer to Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal. After a two-hour flight you will arrive in Sandspit on Moresby Island, where a shuttle and ferry will transport you to Haida House. After a short orientation with your Director of Cultural Services, settle in and explore your surroundings. Haida House sits on the east coast of Graham Island near the village of Tlell, and offers 7 acres of woods with easy beach access. Accommodations are at Haida House.

Days 4-6

Your days at Haida House are filled with local culture, education and warm hospitality. Visit a local Haida artist in their home studio, enjoy a traditional Haida meal by a renowned local chef and discover countless historical sites. Stroll along Agate Beach with interpreters, discover the totem poles of Old Massett and hike Tow Hill (on clear days you can see the Alaskan mountain range). Accommodations are at Haida House.

Day 7

After some morning explorations, you’ll be picked up by shuttle and take the ferry back to Moresby Island and Sandspit Airport. From there, a two-hour flight will transport you back to Vancouver where you’ll catch your connecting flight home. Safe travels!

The Route