Art and Culture of Haida Gwaii

Set foot in majestic, ancient forests and experience traditional Haida art and culture.

Duration

5 Days

Region

British Columbia

Activity Level

Easy to Moderate

Availability

June to September

A Haida Experience Like No Other

Welcome to the ultra-remote Ocean House, a 100% Haida-owned fly-in lodge anchored off the rugged, unprotected, and naturally spectacular west coast of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Set back from the open sea at Stads K’uns GawGa (Peel Inlet), Ocean House offers a sheltered base from where you can explore lush canopied forests, breathtaking beaches, and ancient village sites. Spend 4 nights, embracing the stillness of this exceptional place, learning how the Haida people have drawn from nature to nourish and heal on this emerald archipelago since time immemorial. For a shorter stay, there is the 3-night Taste of Haida Culture.

A Breathtaking Atmosphere

Relax at the floating-lodge, tastefully designed to reflect the cultural aesthetics of the Haida people. The 12 guest rooms (two guests per room) feature private ensuite washroom facilities and complimentary limited bandwidth wifi. Standing among towering and ancient spruce and cedar, you will venture deep into the heart of Haida culture.  View rare and extraordinary sighting of marine animals and wonder at the ancient and magnificent old growth forests on our guided tours. Later, unwind with a visit to the Ocean House Spa for a massage, water-view sauna, or steam. You will leave the lodge feeling rejuvenated, and reinvigorated. 

Included in your incredible experience:

  • Flights from Vancouver, Calgary, or Toronto.  For other departure cities, please contact us. 
  • Helicopter rides with amazing views to the stunning Haida Gwaii lodge
  • Exquisite meals featuring local ingredients by an in-house chef 
  • Wildlife and cultural excursions with Haida guides 
  • Traditional Haida art classes with indigenous guest artists 
  • Kayaks and paddleboards available to explore the surrounding waters
  • Complimentary access to the Spa’s sauna and steam room
  • Access to relaxing spa treatments (*Additional fees apply)

All Inclusive Package Pricing

Package includes direct flights via Vancouver, Haida Gwaii and a helicopter flight to the lodge.

From Vancouver

$5880 / person*

From Calgary

$6310 / person*

From Toronto

$6515 / person*


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Art and Culture of Haida Gwaii Itinerary

Region: British Columbia

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday

Welcome to Haida Gwaii!

Early morning — Check in at Vancouver’s YVR South Terminal at 5:45 am and prepare for departure. You will arrive in Sandspit, Haida Gwaii, then take a spectacular 15-minute helicopter flight to Ocean House. A hot gourmet brunch awaits.

Early afternoon — Guided tour and picnic to Kaysuun. Our staff will provide you with appropriate boots and rainwear if required. Upon return, enjoy appetizers and drinks in the lounge or explore the lodge.

Evening Activities — Gourmet dinner awaits with cuisine featuring local ingredients from Haida Gwaii. Enjoy complimentary house wine or select from our curated wine list.

*The following itinerary is based on ideal weather and marine conditions. All activities are subject to change.

Day 2 - Thursday

Ancient culture. Living culture.

Early morning — Gourmet breakfast then pack a complimentary lunch, snacks and drink for your voyage to Ts’aa.ahl (pronounced Joth) to view the remains of this ancient village.

Early afternoon — Back at Ocean House, our guest artist will deliver a class that will give you a deeper understanding of Haida art and culture. Relax, workout, paddleboard or kayak.

Evening Activities — Enjoy a gourmet dinner then take in a scheduled screening of one of our Haida-themed films, with a Q&A after with a cultural interpreter.

Day 3 - Friday

Cedar, the tree of life.

Early morning — Enjoy your breakfast this morning before embarking on today’s trip to the beautiful Ts’uu Guus GawGa (Security Inlet). Discover how Haida people harvested cedar and other plants in this ancient area. Potential wildlife viewing en route.

Early afternoon — Participate in a cedar rose weaving workshop, spend time at the spa or explore more of the inlet by kayak. Then join our guest artist for their second class. In the late afternoon, we will screen another Haida-themed film, followed by a Q&A session.

Evening Activities — Enjoy another delicious gourmet dinner then explore the lodge and surrounding area at your leisure. 

Day 4 - Saturday

Long Table Feast.

Early morning — After breakfast, our guest artist will deliver their third class and an opportunity to complete any of your projects.

Early afternoon — Enjoy a delicious hot lunch to either be enjoyed at an adjacent on-shore picnic area or at one of the nearby pristine pocket beaches.

Evening Activities — Long Table Feast, a fitting culmination to an epic adventure with new friends. After dinner, you may choose to relax over drinks in the lounge or recharge in the spa.

Day 5 - Sunday

Farewell breakfast.

Early morning — Once you’re finished a hearty breakfast, our team will prepare you for your trip to Sandspit where you will board the flight back to YVR’s South Terminal. Owing to the unpredictable weather of Haida Gwaii, we recommend that you allow a minimum of three hours between connecting flights.

What's Included

This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:

Package includes:

  • All-inclusive gourmet meals
  • Guided tours
  • Kayaks and paddleboards for exploring
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Guest artist classes
  • Applicable fees, taxes, alcohol and gratuities are extra

* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.

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