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Haida Gwaii and the Canadian Rockies

Haida Gwaii and the Canadian Rockies

Join us as we explore culturally rich Haida Gwaii, meaning “Islands of the Haida people” and Canada's rugged and breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Our tour is a must for women eager to explore and experience the Haida, one of North America’s oldest and most developed indigenous group. The tour includes 3 nights on Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia in Canada and 6 nights touring Canada's west coast. The Canadian Rocky Mountain Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the remains of the Haida village of Skedans will be visited while on tour.

Accommodations

Tour Details (Prices in CAD)

Trip Code  Dates  PartialShare™  Single
HG0919   Sept 23 - Oct 2, 2019  $4,969.00  $5,469.00

• Based on a minimum of 6 passengers

• PartialShare™ price is based on 4 nights sharing twin and 5 nights in single accommodation on the tour

• Single price refers to single accommodation during the entire tour

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars taxes included

• Deposit of $1,250.00 CAD per person and an insurance waiver is required at time of booking

• Final Payment is required 90 days prior to departure

Tour Highlights

• Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site on tour

• Enjoy your "own room" for 5 nights as per itinerary

• Travel 2 days by train in Touring Class (all meals and dome car access) through the Rockies during the day

• Enjoy a shore lunch of wild BC sockeye salmon cooked over an open fire

• Visit the Haida village site of K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans)

Upon your arrival at the airport in Sandspit, you will be greeted by Woman’s Odyssey Founder “Jeff Pychel”. After your hotel check-in the afternoon is at leisure until dinner. Later that evening you will join Jeff Pychel and fellow travelers for a tour overview followed by a welcome dinner.

Sandspit Inn 3-stars (or similar) | Single Occupancy

This morning our Haida Gwaii adventure begins. We will enjoy breakfast before departing on the ferry across to Graham Island, the largest island in the archipelago. We will visit and enjoy lunch at the remarkable Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay or “Sea-Lion Town”, designed to resemble the traditional Oceanside Haida village that once stood in its place. Following lunch we will visit and have free time to explore the village of Queen Charlotte. The seawalk is a ‘must see’ for visitors and provides a stunning view of Skidegate Inlet and the Queen Charlotte Harbor. Later we transfer by ferry back to our hotel located in Sandspit, the only community on Moresby Island (southern island).

Sandspit Inn 3-stars (or similar) | Single Occupancy

Today we set out on a full-day boating expedition filled with sightseeing, history and adventure. We will visit Ḵay (sea lion) rookeries, explore the shoreline searching for taan (bear) and cruise the seas looking for whales. The highlight of the day will surely be when we visit the Haida village site of K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans). Throughout the day, local guides will incorporate a combination of storytelling, songs and/or local history, giving us a unique glimpse into the Haida people.

Sandspit Inn 3-stars (or similar) | Single Occupancy

Today relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of Moresby Island. Mid-afternoon we depart for the village of Queen Charlotte for some last minute shopping and time for dinner. Later around 8pm we will transfer to the port to begin the overnight ferry journey to Prince Rupert and the BC mainland.

BC Ferries Northern Expedition (or similar) | Single Occupancy

Upon arrival in Prince Rupert we transfer to our hotel for a hearty breakfast overlooking Chatham Sound. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and explore Prince Rupert. You may wish to visit the Museum of Northern British Columbia, known for its exceptional collection and quality of exhibits, which is housed in a magnificent Northwest Coast longhouse overlooking Prince Rupert harbor. This evening we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Crest Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

This morning after breakfast we begin our transfer tour along the mighty Skeena River through the coastal rainforest to Terrace. On route we will stop at the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village for a private tour of the most complete cannery that remains in the area. Afterwards we will take a boat journey into the Exchamsiks River Valley for stunning views of waterfalls, towering rock walls and chance sightings of local wildlife. We will also enjoy a shore lunch of wild BC sockeye salmon cooked over the open fire. After arriving at our hotel in Terrace the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

Best Western Terrace Inn 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

This morning we make our way to the Terrace train station to begin our 2-day scenic rail trip to Jasper in Touring Class. Enjoy meals onboard a perk available to Touring Class passengers, which also includes exclusive access to the iconic dome car with 360 degree panoramic views. Relax and enjoy as the train travels through central British Columbia, passing through small communities and stunning landscapes. After dinner we arrive in the town of Prince George for the night. We will continue our train journey the next morning.

Coast Inn of the North 4-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

Today continue on the rail journey east through British Columbia to Jasper, an iconic Rocky Mountain resort town located within Canada’s largest National Park - Jasper National Park, one of seven that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (the other six include Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, Hamber, Mount Robson and Assiniboine). The train even slows down when passing the spectacular Mount Robson, which rises 2,975 m (9,760 ft), or when wildlife is spotted like bears, deer or elk. After arriving in Jasper we transfer to our hotel. This evening will be at your leisure.

Marmot Lodge 3-stars (or similar) | PartialShare™

This morning after breakfast we depart for Banff via the famous Icefields Parkway, passing sweeping glaciers, immense waterfalls and shimmering mountain lakes. We will stop and enjoy lunch in Lake Louise, with its turquoise, glacier-fed lake set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, one of the most beloved and photographed scenes in the Canadian Rockies. After lunch we arrive in the alpine town of Banff located in Banff National Park - Canada’s first national park. Later we will enjoy our farewell dinner perched on the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain top.

High Country Inn 3-stars (or similar) | Single Occupancy

This morning you bid farewell to Banff and transfer to the Calgary airport for your flight back home.

Tour Inclusions

• Airport transfers in Sandspit and Banff

• 8 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels including private en-suite facilities in chosen occupancy

• 1 over-night ferry cruise from Haida Gwaii to Prince Rupert including private en suite facilities in chosen occupancy

• 20 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• Woman's Odyssey Founder "Jeff Pychel" will accompany group throughout the entire tour

• Local English-speaking guides during tours as per itinerary

• Entrance fees in Haida Gwaii (Haida Heritage Centre) and Prince Rupert (North Pacific Historic Fishing Village)

• Bottled water during tour transfers

 

 Tour Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast or while on safari

• Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling