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Kayaking In Gwaii Haanas National Park In 25 Photos

Kayaking in Gwaii Haanas National Park in 25 Photos

Our one week summer kayaking trip with Green Coast Kayaking to Gwaii Haanas National Park  was a standout from start to finish. Certainly fantastic weather made a difference but so did the dramatic west coast scenery, the beautiful beaches, the wonderful food and the frequent wildlife sightings.

These 25 photos take you from Gordon Island to our last campsite north of Burnaby Narrows over five nights. They’ll give you a very good idea of the kind of scenery you’ll encounter in Gwaii Haanas National Park.

I was particularly lucky on the third day out. We had left Gordon Island and were heading back to Rose Harbour when we came across a humpback whale. We watched him (her) for at least 30 minutes with the highlight being when he came right for me and dove under my kayak. The air turned blue – and my brain turned off. Naturally there are no photos of the experience.

Heading for a campsite sheltered among the islands ahead
Heading for a campsite sheltered among the islands ahead
Gwaii Haanas National Park and the paddle over to Ninstints
Paddling over to Ninstints
Ocean level view
Ocean level view
Jellyfish on the rocks in Gwaii Haanas National Park
Jellyfish on the rocks
Masses of mussels
Masses of mussels
Future salal berry
Future salal berry
Classic west coast sunset
Classic west coast sunset
Our campsite on the second night out kayaking in Haida Gwaii
Our campsite on the second night out kayaking in Haida Gwaii
Gwaii Haanas National Park offers delightful kayaking among islands on the west coast of Haida Gwaii
Delightful kayaking among islands on the west coast of Haida Gwaii
Gwaii Haanas National Park and kayaking around Gordon Island
Kayaking around Gordon Island
In Gwaii Haanas National Parkyou may have a WHALE swim UNDER your KAYAK like I did
THIS WHALE SWAM UNDER MY KAYAK
Break time and an easy beach to land on
Break time and an easy beach to land on
A couple of bald eagles in the tree
A couple of bald eagles in the tree
Pretty place for a stop in Haida Gwaii
Campsite near Skincuttle Inlet
Rusted mooring
Rusted mooring
In Gwaii Haanas National Park great evening skies - night after night
Great evening skies – night after night
Fantastic inter-tidal life even before Burnaby Narrows
Fantastic inter-tidal life even before Burnaby Narrows
Lunch with candied smoked salmon
Lunch with candied smoked salmon
A massive tree in Haida Gwaii
A massive tree in Haida Gwaii
Paddling through Burnaby Narrows
Paddling through Burnaby Narrows
Gwaii Haanas National Park is home to sea cucumbers and starfish seen on the paddle through Burnaby Narrows
Campsite near Skincuttle Inlet
Gwaii Haanas National Park delighted with the sight of a whale swimming in front of this campsite
Enjoyed the sight of a whale swimming in front of this campsite
The same spot after the storm passed
The same spot after the storm passed
Rainbow coloured seaweed in Gwaii Haanas National Park
Rainbow coloured seaweed
The last morning of kayaking was exceptional
The last morning of kayaking was exceptional

For more information on Gwaii Haanas National Park visit the park’s website.

Further reading on kayaking in Haida Gwaii

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Kayaking in Gwaii Haanas National Park in 25 Photos

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 13 Comments
  1. I had never even heard of Haida Gwaii Leigh! Thanks to google I now know it’s whereabouts. It is a beautiful place for sure and that last photo is gorgeous. I can only imagine how you felt when the whale went beneath your kayak. I think I would count that as the most amazing experience of my life if that happened to me!

  2. Ayeee, on no photo of the whale, Leigh! I’m glad except for the passing storm you guys had such nice weather from what the pics show. Gorgeous pics btw. If you want to see a big tree trunk visit the Redwoods in California something lol 🙂 Good post! 🙂

  3. What an excellent collection of photos, Leigh. I have never heard of Gwaii Haanas NP and I can certainly see why National Geographic would recommend it. It’s absolutely beautiful. I can’t get over the diverse wildlife you spotted. Love that rainbow coloured seaweed and of course, the whale.

  4. Wonderful photos. I kept waiting for some from Hotspring Island. But of course you didn’t go that far. You’ll just have to go again and paddle the rest of Gwaii Haanas. I went with a group of friends for a self-guided 2 weeks to celebrate my 65th birthday and it wasn’t nearly enough time. And yes we spent time in the hotsprings!

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