Day 1: Edmonton – Prince George, BC
Day 2: Prince George – Terrace, BC
We continue our westward journey today following the beautiful rivers and valleys of north central British Columbia, passing through the towns of Fraser Lake and Burns Lake. This afternoon we visit the Ksan Historical Village and Museum in Hazelton where you discover the richness of the Gitxsan Culture and Heritage.
Day 3: Terrace – Prince Rupert, BC (L)
An incredible landscape unfolds today as we travel one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world. Our destination today is Prince Rupert, BC, the unofficial city of rainbows and the gateway to British Columbia’s dramatic North Coast. At Port Edward, we tour the North Pacific Cannery Village Museum, a National Historic Site and BC’s oldest surviving salmon cannery offering a unique and entertaining look at life in a cannery village. On arrival at Prince Rupert you have an opportunity to visit historic Cow Bay, a must-see attraction.
Day 4: Prince Rupert – Queen Charlotte City, BC (B)
This morning we board BC Ferries for our day sailing to the Haida Gwaii. The Haida have called these islands home for over 10,000 years. The voyage takes us through the Coast Islands, across the Hecate Strait to Skidegate and Queen Charlotte City. It is not unheard of for the Captain of the BC Ferry to spot whales when coming into the inlet and announce to the passengers that they can be seen. Be sure to have your binoculars and cameras ready!
Day 5: Queen Charlotte Islands, BC (L)
A local guide will accompany our group during our stay on the Haida Gwaii. We travel to Masset visiting Naikoon Provincial Park at the Northern end of Graham Island. At Tow Hill, a 20-minute walk can be taken to the Blow Hole along with a beach walk on Agate Beach and North Beach.
Day 6: Queen Charlotte Islands, BC (L)
During our stay, visits will be made to The Balanced Rock, St. Mary’s Spring, and the new Haida Heritage Centre. The 26 million dollar centre is a series of long houses fronted by six traditional totem poles representing each of the 14 clans and is a celebration of the living culture of the Haida people. We visit the Old Massett (Haida Indian Reserve) with time for shopping at the local stores featuring silver, gold and argillite carvings, prints and paintings. We also travel to Port Clements an active forestry area. Here we visit the Forestry Museum and learn about the history and present conditions of the industry.
Day 7: Queen Charlotte Islands, BC (D)
In Skidegate you are treated to a traditional Haida feast in the company of local Haida residents.
Day 8: Queen Charlotte City – Prince George, BC
This morning we depart Haida Gwaii to the mainland via the BC Ferry, crossing the Hecate Strait by day and arriving in Prince Rupert in the early evening. Your evening is at leisure to explore historic Prince Rupert from your convenient hotel location.
Day 9: Prince Rupert – Prince George, BC (B)
Today enjoy a leisurely day of travel as we retrace our steps along Highway 16. The scenery is breathtaking, and wildlife such as moose, black bears and eagles may be glimpsed. En route we visit the alpine-themed town of Smithers, with its red brick sidewalks and Bavarian storefronts. We retire for the evening at Prince George.
Day 10: Prince George – Edmonton, AB
We say farewell to British Columbia as we cross the border into Alberta passing once again through beautiful Jasper National Park. We arrive in Edmonton with an appreciation of the beauty and culture of the Haida Gwaii.
You can also join or leave our tour in Prince George for the same price.