About this Tour

Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People"), or more commonly, the Queen Charlotte Islands. 2010 was the first year we offered the Haida Gwaii tour and it was well received to say the least. It might be a good idea to book early on this little gem!

Activity Level

These are busy tours that feature a lot of moving around. Walking tours of cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. May include walking on uneven surfaces and steps, including boarding the coach.

What's Included

  • Mount Robson
  • Ksan Historical Village and Museum
  • North Pacific Cannery Village Museum
  • Naikoon Provincial Park including
  • Blow Hole, Agate Beach and North
  • Beach
  • The Balanced Rock
  • St. Mary’s Spring
  • Haida Heritage Centre
  • Old Massett
  • 2 Lunches
  • Haida Feast – Skidegate
  • Farewell Dinner

Dates & Pricing

June 15, 2020 – June 26, 2020 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Queen Charlotte City

Highs18
Lows12

Reviews of this tour

Very rugged experience & most enjoyable learning about a new culture of First Nations People. They are a very caring people and love their land. We have a new appreciation for totem poles now that we learned about them. Jack & Elaine Wilson - Moose Jaw, SK

Itinerary

Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People"), or more commonly, the Queen Charlotte Islands. 2010 was the first year we offered the Haida Gwaii tour and it was well received to say the least. It might be a good idea to book early on this little gem!

Day 1 – Home Cities to Edmonton, AB

Fly from your home to Edmonton or take the WestWorld Coach from Regina and Saskatoon (and along route) at no extra charge.

Day 2 – Edmonton to Prince George, BC

Today we cross the British Columbia border and visit Mount Robson, which has the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. We continue along to Prince George enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Day 3 – Prince George to Terrace, BC

As we continue westward we follow the beautiful rivers and valleys of northern British Columbia. This afternoon we will be stopping to visit the Ksan Historical Village and Museum in Hazelton where the village of Gitanmaax had existed for centuries. The cultural centre is dedicated to illustrating the richness of Gitxsan culture and history.

Day 4 – Terrace to Prince Rupert, BC

Prince Rupert is where Canada’s Wilderness Begins. We will tour the North Pacific Cannery Village Museum. It is the most complete cannery that remains in these remote villages and is also a National Historic Site.

Day 5 – Prince Rupert to Queen Charlotte City, BC

We board BC Ferries this morning for our day sailing to the Queen Charlotte Islands. The Haida have called these islands home for over 10,000 years. We will be sailing across the Hectate Strait to Skidegate and Queen Charlotte City. We will be spending 4 nights in Queen Charlotte City.

Day 6 – Queen Charlotte City

This morning we explore the beach at low tide! Haida Gwaii’s tides provide great opportunities to explore the beach. As the tide falls, join a Gwaii Haanas interpreter and meet some strange and beautiful animals that live along the shores. After an included picnic lunch we’ll enjoy a short interactive talk on Cedar: Tree of Life. From the basic necessities to monumental masterpieces, discover many ways cedar is essential to the Haida people and their innovative uses of it.

Day 7 – Queen Charlotte City

Today we will stop at the Balance Rock which is a large boulder left behind after the retreat of the ice age.  Your lunch today will be included.  This afternoon we visit the Golden Spruce Trail.  Some of the trees seen today are over 500 years old.  Tonight we will be treated to a Haida Feast in Skidegate.
 

Day 8 – Queen Charlotte City

This morning we visit the Haida Heritage Centre. The centre is a magnificent cedar multi-complex consisting of five contemporary monumental timber longhouses.  The Greeting House provides spectacular views of the totem poles, the ocean and the surrounding islands.  After lunch, try your hand at cedar weaving. Cedar bark weaving techniques have been passed down from generation to generation and continues to play an important role in Haida Culture.

Day 9 – Queen Charlotte City to Prince Rupert, BC

Today we leave the Queen Charlotte Islands via the BC Ferry.  We will arrive back in Prince Rupert early for some free time this evening.

Day 10 – Prince Rupert to Prince George, BC

Today we have a leisurely day of travel as we go back along Highway 16. We will visit the alpine themed town of Smithers.  This evening  join your Tour Director, Driver and Friends at our WestWorld Tours Farewell Dinner.
 

Day 11 – Prince George to Edmonton, AB

Today we cross back into Alberta and arrive in Edmonton for the evening. We can reminisce about our wonderful tour and make plans to meet up again with newfound friends.
 

Day 12 – Edmonton to Home Cities

Today we return home to Saskatchewan. The prairie landscape is always inviting. Fly passengers will be transferred to the airport.

What you will experience on this tour

Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People"), or more commonly, the Queen Charlotte Islands. 2010 was the first year we offered the Haida Gwaii tour and it was well received to say the least. It might be a good idea to book early on this little gem!

Mount Robson

Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and a must see.

Ksan Historical Village & Museum

 Ksan Historical Village allows you to Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the Gitxsan people.

North Pacific Cannery Village Museum

Experience the unique history of British Columbia’s oldest salmon cannery.

Haida Heritage Centre

Let the Haida people share their stories with you at this treasured heritage centre.

The Balanced Rock

Perfectly balanced on the horizon of Graham Island is the Balanced Rock, the most mysterious and photographed sight the island has to offer

Old Massett

Old Massett is the site of three ancient villages and home to 800 Haida, making it the perfect place to see what life on Haida Gwaii is like.

Naikoon Provincial Park

Walking along Agate Beach, watching water catapult through the Blow Hole and taking in amazing views are just a few of the unforgettable opportunities this must-see park provides.

Dates & Pricing

Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People"), or more commonly, the Queen Charlotte Islands. 2010 was the first year we offered the Haida Gwaii tour and it was well received to say the least. It might be a good idea to book early on this little gem!

June 15, 2020 – June 26, 2020 Space Available


Canadian Dollars

$2,599 Double Occupancy

Triple $2,519
Single $3,469

Passengers not needing rooms in Edmonton

June 16 - 25 (10 days)

Deduct per person:

$100 Double

Triple $70
Single $200

*All prices are per person

Not included in price:

  • Taxes and Fees

*Due to the remote location of this tour, accomodations are categorized as simple/basic.


U.S. Dollars

Reviews

Very rugged experience & most enjoyable learning about a new culture of First Nations People. They are a very caring people and love their land. We have a new appreciation for totem poles now that we learned about them. Jack & Elaine Wilson - Moose Jaw, SK

You fulfilled another "Bucket List" choice. Thanks you! I wished to go there since the med 50's. Indeed you did & more (did we give you value?) Cecile Curran - Regina, SK

I liked the Haida feast - really enjoyed the information on their culture, would like an opportunity to hear more, would recommend this tour! Bev Marsh - Minton, SK - 2016

Another enjoyable and informative trip with WestWorld Tours. 8th trip with hopefully many more to come. We especially enjoy the trips within Canada and USA. John and Anne Nyffenegger - Saskatoon, SK - 2016

There were so many interesting and historical attractions to see on the Haida Gwaii tour that it was hard to choose just one highlight. The Ksan Historical Village and Museum, the Haida Heritage Centre, and the traditional Haida feast gave us a good understanding and appreciation of the Haida culture. Outdoor attractions such as the Golden Spruce Trail and Mushroom Forest were great for exploring the natural wonders and beauty of the islands! Nina Morey - Saskatoon, SK - 2016

The highlights for me was the Heida Feast dinner and the companionship between the passengers. A fun trip & we even learned a few things,we were always kept busy - flowers - trees - wildlife watching, peoples of the Islands customs and unique carvings. Lydia Morrison - Regina. SK

The number one point for me on this tour was the excellent way in which things were explained & all the little side stories that went with the explanation. Our tour director and the local guides were all very good at doing this. Dorman & Norma Hutchinson - Watrous

What an excellent tour guide, she was always cheerful & helpful, fully in control of all situations on the bus, very good at giving out information and getting passengers to know each other. Jerry & Kay Dixon - Sintaluta, SK

Overall Tour - highest rating We also give the highest possible rating to: The Tour Director for her unfailing cheerfulness, great energy & being fully prepared with current information about all aspects of our tour eg the Skeena River never gives up its dead. We are personally very organized people & really appreciate this trait in others. Some tour guides we have encountered have been very good with people but weaker administratively so that it was a great pleasure to have someone who ranks so highly in all areas of the position. Our Driver also gets highest possible rating for his constant cheerfulness, sense of humor and truly excellent driving skills. It was great to have a very new coach and the driver and guide worked well together to keep coach clean & tidy. The local facilitator made the Islands part of the trip! She is also very energetic, organized and has a vast knowledge of Islands' culture, geogrpahy, flora & fauna. All Haida Gwaii attractions were very good to excellent. Also good to have some free time to explore on our own. We personally enjoyed some great meals - lunch of salmon & sea asparagus quiche at Queen Bee's, halibut & desserts at Howler's & Chinese food at J&T's. Tour provided meals were also excellent. BC Ferries - very good, Farewell Dinner - excellent, Prince Rupert Museum of Northern BC EXCELLENT. Whole tour was great experience so we really can't single out a highlight.We would certainly recommend tour to others and feel we had value for the money. Gil & Marjorie Joanis - Saskatoon, SK

It's a trip not to be missed! Sonia Tunstead - Winnipeg, MB - 2017

I found our guide to be well informed, enthusiastic and organized. Definitely an asset to WestWorld Tours! Marjorie Allen - Vernon, BC

(This) was my fourth WestWorld Tour! Loved it all! Victoria Gillies - Regina, SK

This (Haida Gwaii) is my 4th trip with WestWorld Tours and I have been extremely pleased with each of the tours. The three different tour directors I have had are all exceptional. Marlene Nickel, Saskatoon, SK

All the fellow travellers were great & fun to be with. This was made even more special by the driver and guide. Best driver and best tour guide in the whole world. I hope to do more trips with WestWorld Tours. Raj Downe - Nelson, BC

YES!!! (I would recommend to friends) this is a trip to a unique setting, a very different world that should be seen by all. J Whiting - Pilot Butte

This is our 3rd WestWorld Tour and the best yet! Lynn Manners - Lloydminster, AB

This tour was beyond all my expectations. Jack Saacson - Victoria, BC

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