British Columbia Sailboat Expedition in Canada - Haida Gwaii
with Didier F. 73 years old
USA and Canada
Travellers of all ages are welcome!
This experience is almost confirmed
6 spots available
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Brief description of the holiday
HAIDA GWAII in the QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS (British Columbia, Canada) aboard a sailboat.
Strong points :
- Immersion in an ancient Indian culture
- A moment of relaxation in the relaxing baths of the hot springs
- Paradise for birdwatchers in tropical vegetation
- Temperature of 15 to 30° in summer, thanks to the Kuro-Shivo, a warm sea current
- Navigation in small groups: 6 passengers maximum, top cuisine and fishing on board
- A very pedagogical skipper-adventurer, ready to introduce you to navigation, beginners welcome!
This Canadian archipelago located off British Columbia is a national park with Indian reserve status. These islands are the cradle, these islands are the cradle of the 8000 year old Haida Indian nation, which has developed a unique culture as evidenced by their remarkable wood work and its collection of totems, the largest in North America in UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Their totems are real works of art and there are still many vestiges. A paradise for bird watchers: golden eagle, heron, redshank, kingfisher, tufted puffin, sandhill crane, peregrine falcon…
Day 1-3: The Inside Passage and embarkation at Port Hardy at
We embark and enter the Inside Passage. To your cameras: we will no doubt have the chance to come across the herd of killer whales that frequent these waters all year round, as well as many humpback whales.
Day 4: Great Bear Rainforest and Bishop Bay Hot Springs
This immense territory which extends over some 400 kilometers along the coast of British Columbia, a paradise for black bears and grizzly bears, merges with that of the Inside Passage. Anchorage and relaxing bath at the hot springs of Bishop Bay.
Day 5: Hecate Strait
Crossing the Hecate Strait to reach Gilen Harbour.
Day 6: Indian memory of Sgang Gwaay
Sailing to Anthony Island, visit the prestigious remains of the Haida village of Sgang Gwaay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a cave serving as a burial site as well as the largest known concentration of totems, keeping spirits, will leave their mark in your memories. Return and anchor at Rose Harbour.
Day 7: Rose Harbor (Kunghit Island)
Sail to Rose Harbor, a former whaling station from 1910 to 1943. Rose Harbor takes its name from the blood-colored waters that once filled the bay. A variety of whales, including blue, humpback and many more, have been processed into oil. It is now a peaceful place with a few rusty remnants of the old facilities, in a tropical forest that offers a blanket of soft, thick moss. Three families live there from ecotourism, not without some legal friction with the administration of the park and the Canadian government.
Day 8: Hotspring Island
Stopover at Tanu Island: In the evening we will reach the hot springs of Gandll K'inn, for a relaxing bath in one of the three natural pools with a beautiful background.
Day 9: Tanu Island
Crossing the Hecate Strait to reach Haida Gwaii at Tanu Island: a village of the Haida nation with strong spiritual resonance, silent in the abundance of a carpet of moss.
Day 10: Landing Prince Rupert
Landing at the Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert and sailing to Griffit Harbor (Banks Island).
These prices do not include airfare and hotels, nor transport from the airport to the sailboat, nor alcohol (other than wine at dinners), nor restaurants (including the last meal of Day 10) nor bars. Participants arrive at the port of embarkation the day before Day 1 (D1) and spend one night in a hotel. Boarding takes place on the morning of D1 at 9 a.m. and we set sail shortly after. Disembarkation is around 6 p.m. on D10.
NB: Extend your stay!
This expedition aboard the sailboat is part of an itinerant journey along the Pacific coast, from Vancouver Island (Canada) to Kodiak Island (Alaska). You therefore have the possibility of extending your trip by registering for several expeditions:
- Haida Gwaii - Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
- Alaska's "Inside Passage" - From Ketchikan to Juneau
- Crossing the Gulf of Alaska - From Juneau to Valdez
- Prince William Sound - From Valdez to Valdez
- Prince William Sound - From Valdez to Valdez
- Kenai Peninsula - From Valdez to Kodiak
- Kodiak Archipelago - Kodiak to Kodiak
- Kenai Peninsula - Kodiak to Valdez
- Crossing the Gulf of Alaska - From Valdez to Juneau
- Alaska's "Inside Passage" - From Juneau to Ketchikan
- Haida Gwaii - From Prince Ruper to Port Hardy.
Plan Michel Joubert, Chantier Meta
Goélette de 16 mètres en aluminum. Mise à l'eau en 1999 par l'architecte naval Michel Joubert, son concepteur et premier propriétaire, qui réalisa le passage du Nord-Ouest du Groenland à l'Alaska en 2012 en company de l'explorateur polaire Janusz Kurbiel.
Conçu comme a fifty d'expédition pour naviguer dans les conditions les plus extrêmes. Cette goélette est doté de 2 moteurs de 110 CV and de réservoirs d'une capacité de 4000 litres he assurant une autonomie très importante.
- Longueur 16m, large 4.10m, tirant d'eau 1,70m
- Matériau: aluminum renforcé
- Capacité de vie à bord pour 10 personnes, que nous limitons à 6 passagers et 2 marins
- A large cockpit ouvert pour manœuvrer, observer and pêcher
- A post de timonerie totalement à l'abri des éléments
- Grand carré surélevé pour une vision assise panoramique, recevant confortablement 8 personnes à table and a salon avec 2 larges banquettes
- Capacité de couchage: 8 couchettes individuelles sont disponibles + 2 en couchettes doubles, the ensemble en 3 cabines et une coursive
- Douche chaude, 2 cabinets de toilette, WC
- Réserve d'eau: 1500 liters
- Poêle-chaudière à gazole «Refleks» équipé d'un aérotherme central + air pulsé par le moteur
- Courant 220, 110 et 12 volts à bord
- Annexe pour 8 personnes avec moteur 15 CV
- Matériel de pêche utilisable en navigation ou au mouillage
- Bibliothèque variée à disposition
Our trip starts here
Port Hardy, BC, Canada
Tuesday 16 May from 9:00 until Tuesday 16 May at 10:00
Our trip ends here
Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
Thursday 25 May from 17:00 until Thursday 25 May at 18:00
Other important information
Your skipper Didier F. , a geographer by training, is a Captain 200 of the Merchant Navy and has numerous certificates such as Mechanic 250 kW or Medical III. He also holds the Sailing Instructor State Certificate. Navigator since 1984, he sailed in all latitudes, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, including 2 trans-Pacific New Zealand - Cape Horn and several transatlantic.
He is assisted by a general-purpose sailor, responsible for the galley for the entire duration of the trip. Your cook & sailor is Dorian , born in Valparaiso and son of your captain. Sailor and traveler, his experiences in the kitchen are multiple, they managed a fish and seafood restaurant as a family. Cooking and sailing are a great match. A good dose of creativity and good humor always enhances his dishes! Varied and fresh cuisine (provision of fruits and vegetables without difficulty). Please note, however, that we cannot provide the service of special menus! Everyone's participation will be appreciated for the dishes.
Depending on the weather conditions, the program can be modified and arranged. The navigation times take place mainly during the day to take advantage of the observations and avoid the fatigue of night crossings. Sailing times vary greatly (from 4 to 8 hours).
How do we move on land?
On the occasion of shore excursions, safety rules must of course be observed, such as going out only in groups, because it is possible that we will come across bears on your way. We bring a rocket stylus and bear repellent on each shore trip. Walks on land are mainly on the shore and along the rivers because the interior of the forests is sometimes impassable.
Physical level and preparation Although no special physical condition is required, we simply ask that you be fit enough to get on and off the boat easily and to walk on sometimes slippery ground such as the rocks on the edge of the sea. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of sailing, beginners are welcome to maneuver.
We often imagine that a sailing trip in the Far North resembles a dive in the intense cold. An idea that turns out to be wrong when you go along the Pacific coast, thanks to the Kuro-Shivo, a warm sea current. Although the weather is changeable throughout the year, the rains are mostly winter.
Before July, the temperature can vary from 17°C during the day to 4°C at night, take your equipment into account if you are sailing at this time.
From July, navigation is generally very pleasant, with a temperature of 15 to 25°C in Alaska and British Columbia, except in the immediate vicinity of the glaciers, with alternating long sunny periods and overcast weather with sometimes cloudiness. fog in some areas and some rain.
It is therefore necessary to provide equipment of the type that one takes for a hike in the mountains. Note also that it will not be possible to wash your clothes on the way. We therefore advise you to provide enough change, while remembering that you are on board a boat which has non-extendable storage!
• 1 large capacity flexible travel bag (90 liters or more), suitcases are prohibited on board + 1 small empty travel bag (placed in the largest during the transatlantic flight), in order to better store your belongings in the cabin
• 1 medium-sized backpack (approximately 30 litres) for your walks on land + on a waterproof bag during transfers in the dinghy
• 1 pair of fairly high boots: no mini-boots (boots that you will find at 10€ in the fishing section of Decathlon stores)
• 1 pair of light hiking shoes
• 1 pair of soft shoes for the deck (without black soles so as not to mark the floor of the sailboat)
• 1 pair of slippers for inside the sailboat
• 1 warm fleece jacket
• 1 windproof and waterproof jacket, with hood (no need to bring a heavy watch jacket except for the Aleutians and Kodiak)
• 1 pair of tights or 1 long underwear, in fleece or technical fabric
• 1 trousers + 1 over-trousers
• 1 warm hat + cap
• 1 pair of fleece gloves
• 1 shorts
• 1 swimsuit
• quick-drying bath and hand towels
• sleeping bag (comfort temperature 10-15° C)
• sleeping bag sheet
• mini-toilet bag (avoid scented products)
• pair of binoculars for wildlife observation
• a few plastic bags to protect your belongings
Your individual pharmacy
• anti-inflammatory (tablets and gel)
• if you are prone to seasickness, remember to bring appropriate treatment
• disinfectant, dressings (various sizes)
• mosquito repellent
• in addition: earplugs, your personal medication.
Be up to date with Covid vaccinations!
Cancellations and Refund
This experience undergoes Sailsquare's standard Cancellation and Refund Policy:
- As long as the Experience is Not Confirmed, you can cancel your reservation at any time and receive a refund of the amount paid.
- If the Experience is Confirmed, you can cancel your reservation up to 30 days before departure and receive a full refund.
- If available for the selected Experience, you can choose our Extended Refund Terms and cancel your booking at any time up to the departure, and receive a refund of the paid amount, upon the occurrence of certain conditions (illness, including Covid-19, work-related reason, domestic emergency, previous medical conditions and many more).
Knowing what expenses are included and excluded from your booking fee will enable you to have a good idea of the total cost of your chosen experience.
Included in the price.
- Final cleaning
Not included in the price.
- Meals/drinks consumed ashore
- Trip from and to embarkment/disembarkment port
To be paid onboard.
In addition to the price, there will be some additional expenses that you will incur during your trip. Expenses have been listed below.
- Meals onboard
- Mooring fees
- Drinks onboard
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately > 300€ per person.