Exploring Canada- Visit Haida Gwaii

I promised some more options of exploring Canada, and after my excellent trip to Vancouver Island, I decided I needed to see Haida Gwaii- or the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Columbia. Not easy to accces, but part of exploring Canada for every Canadian if they should get the chance.

There are limited ways to explore these islands, and I have chosen a small group expedition trip with Intrepid Travel. Their description pulled me in immediately- I was hooked.

“Journey to Canada’s most remote and stunning region on this 8-day expedition. At the heart of this trip is Haida Gwaii – an isolated and wildlife-rich archipelago continuously inhabited by the Haida Nation for over 10,000 years. Discover the beauty of the ‘Galapagos of the North’ and search for ancient totem poles and the remnants of colonial life among evergreen rainforest. In addition to the splendid nature of Haida Gwaii, this takes you on a rare voyage into Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, where you will cruise through the waters of a protected area very few people are permitted to enter to spot wild grizzlies, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. This trip is a breath of fresh air for nature lovers.”

Itinerary to the Haida Gwaii Islands

Why you (and I) will love this trip

  • Traipse the rugged islands of Haida Gwaii, the isolated heartland of the Haida people. Archaeological evidence suggests they have called the islands home for 13,000 years.
  • Spend a day on Louise Island. Take a guided tour among ancient totem poles being swallowed by moss and vines in Skedans, then enjoy a lunch of fresh-caught salmon and venison.
  • Explore the Naikoon Provincial Park. This mixture of rainforest, sand dunes, wetlands and more than 150 kilometres of beach that features heavily in traditional Haida stories.
  • Encounter behemoth grizzly bears in the wild during a trip to Khutzeymateen, a bear sanctuary and protected area where few human visitors are permitted.
  • More inclusions, a slower pace and hotel accommodation along the way – this trip is a comfortable way to explore Canada’s remote wilderness.

Is this trip right for you?

  • “There are trips, and then there are adventures. This expedition falls into the latter category. As we are travelling to incredibly remote areas, expect mobile and internet reception to be spotty and some convenience items to be hard to come by.
  • The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. This trip involves multiple excursions in open-air boats, and you can expect to be cold when on the water. As they say in Masset: ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait 20 minutes.’
  • Some of the best scenery in Canada is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn’t require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.
  • For going ashore at uninhabited islands, it is necessary to use a Zodiac boat (panga). You will need to be comfortable climbing in and out of one during wet and dry landings.”

I am so looking forward to this trip in June of 2021. Only offered twice per season (June and August), this is priced from $3740 plus flights. Add on a few days on either end in Vancouver, and one has the perfect trip! For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me…….

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Slow Travel By River Barge in France

I came across a perfect vacation which I am adding to my list: G Adventures’ Burgundy River Cruise Experience.  It is a perfect girl trip, or a couple trip, as long as you like slow travel, and at the same time enjoy activities such as wine tasting, cycling and walking……perfect!

Offered by G Adventures and National Geographic Journeys, this  8 day trip will allow you to kick back and relax….. I don’t think I could put it better myself, so direct from their blog:

” “Adventure” is a tricky word. For many, it implies fast-paced, near constant action. And while plenty of adventures do indeed deliver adrenalized thrills up the wazoo, “adventure” doesn’t have to mean hectic and up-tempo. In some places, “adventure” can be as slow and low-key as the current of a lazy river.”

“Burgundy, the fabled wine-producing département of central France, is crisscrossed by a network of rivers and centuries-old canals practically tailor-made for pleasure cruising. The best way to navigate them is from the deck of a piloted river barge, or peniche, that doubles as a floating hotel. Life unfolds at a different pace in pastoral Burgundy, and its even more relaxed on the rivers.”

This trip offers a little bit of everything…..a slow pace, gorgeous scenery, a quiet getaway, and unrivaled food and wine.

“There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge coasting the Saône River. Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of exploration for all of your senses. This is the unique perspective of France you’ve dreamed about. Embrace it.”

Priced from $2932 CAD plus flights…. (Prices as of 2021)!

Eight days with the following include:

Six nights aboard the Daniele canal barge. Cycling in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune with wine tasting. Verdun sur le Doubs walking excursion. Saint-Jean-de-Losne visit. Auxonne visit. Longecourt-en-Plaine visit. Cycling Gevrey-Chambertin. Wine tasting at the Château de Marsannay. Côte du Nuit visit. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations. Use of bicycles during shore excursions.

Barge Accommodations Information: 12 spacious cabins.
Amenities: each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independent air-conditioning.

Number of cabins : 12
Maximum passenger capacity : 24
Number of crew members : 5
Amenities on board : spacious lounge with bar – restaurant – sun deck with loungers and parasols – barbecue deck – Jacuzzi – bicycles on board available for use by passengers – wifi on board.

If this trip interests you, or if there are other destinations on your radar, please don’t hesitate to contact me…..

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