HAIDA GWAII July 3-13 2012

Please contact Catherine Evans at TOURS of EXPLORATION for inquiries, bookings & payment information

NOTE : due to the narrow opportunity to benefit from group travel rates with AIR CANADA – we require a deposit of $900.00 CAN
before JANUARY 30th / 2012 along with your full name as in your passport.

HAIDA GWAII   Art Group with Jan Poynter      July 3 – 13, 2012
  $2895.00 CAN                      (Extensions before/after are possible)

  •  Costing includes the air fare from Vancouver direct to Sandspit by Air Canada
  • Costing also includes hotel taxes, airline taxes, HST and a surcharge for Credit cards.
  • Cheque or cash payment will recieve a discount of 2%

Tour costs will include:

  • All transfers for hotel/airport
  • 10 nights accomodation – with kitchen facility.
  • All Tours and transportation to group activities
  • 2 group dinners, coffee/snack on excursions, Full day tour lunches provided.
  • extra time and customized tours for artists & photographers
  • Cultural excursions and local artist participation

JAN POYNTER – tour leader
Sunshine Coast artist Jan Poynter spent almost a month in Haida Gwaii in July of 2011. Invited by the Village of Queen Charlotte, this artist-in-residence included a public art project and instructing free art workshops for the community. With the support of the town & local arts council Jan participated in plein air painting and gatherings with local artists, sharing & mentoring for future public art projects. Every spare moment was spent exploring, sketching, painting and photographing on location. On her return Jan was inspired to share her unique journey and determined to help other creative individuals visit & experience Haida Gwaii. Working with Tours of Exploration and local operators Jan has designed an economical and customized creative excursion that includes some of the best Haida Gwaii has to offer. www.janpoynter.com

activites may change based on scheduling and availability
Please know our days will be flexible according to weather/tides/and factors beyond our control.

July 3 Vancouver/Sandspit
Mid-day flight Vancouver to Sandspit on Air Canada.
On arrival Group van transport by ferry to the Village of Queen Charlotte.
Settle in at the Hecate Inn – on the waterfront, easy walking distance to shops, cafes & restaurants.
Free time to shop for groceries and explore QC. Check out new Spirit Square, the Visitor Info Center, and walk around the harbor & wharf. Watch for eagles chowing down on salmon scraps on the beach.

July 4   Kaay Center (L)
Group van transport to the Kaay/Haida Heritage Centre near Skidegate.
The Centre is an award-winning Aboriginal cultural tourism attraction housing the expanded Haida Gwaii Museum, exhibition space, the Performing House, Canoe House, Bill Reid Teaching Centre, Carving Shed, a gift shop and a small restaurant/cafe. A rare place where the Haida nation share their wisdom and showcase their art, language and culture. Presentations include drumming/singing, weaving and carving. Situated on a crescent beach between rocky headlands, the majestic poles, traditional dugout canoes and spectacular façade of Kaay center face the misty islands offshore of Skidegate village. There will be time to paint and sketch on location.
Cafeteria lunch at the Center.
Optional paddle in a traditional dugout Haida Canoe (weather dependant).

July 5   Spirit Lake & Skidegate (Group van transport)
Our day will begin with a short drive to forested ‘Spirit Lake’ for a hike. Bald eagles perch in ancient trees watching over the moss and gentle trail around this pristine lake. Our group will be accompanied by local artist & photographer Brian Eckles. There will be time for painting or an extended loop hike. After coffee and goodies at Jags Café, we continue on to visit the home studio of Haida artist Tom Greene Jr. who specializes in traditional silver jewellery. Other stops may include:
Skidegate carving shed, local Haida cemetery and powerful Balance Rock.     Pack Lunch

July 6   Rennel Sound (L)  (Group van transport)
Rennell Sound is often associated with the ‘wild west’.  This body of water is the largest inlet on the west coast of Graham Island and is the only vehicle accessible area to the west coast of Haida Gwaii. It’s ruggedly beautiful shoreline, particularly the northern shores, tell tales of the mightiest storms that are known to the west coast. Geographically, this is a natural funnel for marine flotsam bringing treasures of the sea – a beach comber’s haven.
Highlights include:

  • Scenic drive along active logging roads (occasional bears and the smallest deer you have ever seen)
  • Easy walk to spectacular Bonanza Beach (rugged rocky headlands, masses of driftwood and long sandy beach & surf)
  • Wildlife viewing | Old growth forests | Beach combing | Hot Beach Lunch

July 7   FREE day  in Village of Queen Charlotte
Enjoy the harbor view from the deck at Queen B’s Café or wander over to the Saturday market:
Fresh seafood, local produce (get there early for the best from Tomato Island) baked goodies and Haida Gwaii dried Chantrelle & Seaweed products. Walk to float plane or boat dock.
Tour options include:

  • A float plane to Hot Springs Island and to the UNESCO heritage site of Ninstints
  • Plein air painting to Tlell & Naikoon Park– galleries, river, dunes and hike to Pesuta shipwreck
  • Fishing Charter – with a packing plant right at the dock and freezer space at the Hecate Inn.

July 8   Skedans  AM/Louise Island (L)   (Group van transport)
This full day trip journeys through logging roads to Moresby Camp. From here we board a covered boat to the abandoned village site of Skedans located on Louise Island. Here was K’uuna, a south-facing winter village which, in the 1830s harboured 27 houses, 56 carved monuments and 471 people. Today a Haida watchman greets us on the shore and leads us through another world. Cracked and bleached carvings appears, stories and moss grow from the white tilting poles. Bright shells line the grassy paths between sunken house sites and mortuary monuments. Trees grow through decaying wooden wings and paws and fallen faces stare skyward, still emanating spiritual strength and beauty. Situated on a spectacular headland with island outlooks Skedans is a truly unique experience.
Watchmen interpretation tour & Lunch included.
There will be extra time to paint/sketch/photograph on location.

July 9   Village of Queen Charlotte to Masset    (Group van transport)
Pack up and depart for a Masset, gateway to Naikoon Park, North Beach and Tow Hill at the northern end of Graham Island.  Masset is an isolated fishing port known for its totem poles, pristine beauty, hiking trails, birdwatching and renowned Haida artists.  The group will tour the poles throughout Old Massett, visit the fabulous Longhouse gallery and several local artist studios. There will be time in the afternoon onNorthBeach to paint or walk the miles of sand. Crashing surf, shells, seaweed, dunes and driftwood against a backdrop of dark spruce. On a clear day you can seeAlaska…

4 nights accommodation at Alaska View Lodge.
The group will be staying in two adjacent beach cottages: 2 bdrm / 3 bdrm with shared kitchen & bath.
Alaska View Lodge info

July 10    Naikoon Provincial Park (L)  (Group van transport)
We’ll explore the northern end of Naikoon Provincial Park with visits to Agate Beach, the Blow
Hole and Tow Hill. North beach is primarily sandy and stretches almost 100km in length, making it one of the largest beaches in BC. During the right tides and water conditions there is a naturally formed blow hole that shoots water high into the air. Then there’s Tow Hill. A massive columnar rock formation rising 125m (410ft) formed 2 million years ago which is the focal point of the area. We will hike along the spectacular new board-walk where there are two viewing platforms near the top. Crashing waves, sand, natural bogs and spruce forest far below reach off in both directions –with clear day views to the Alaskan islands. Many birds and unique tree formations along the trail.
There will be extra time to paint/sketch/photograph on location.  Pack Lunch

July 11   Beachcombing (D)
A day for painting, walking and discovery on North Beach near the hotel. North Beach Surf Shop will come with all the gear and help us do some “crabbing” and hands-on clam digging. (based on the tidal schedule) Later we’ll enjoy a beach fire & cook-up dinner at our beach cottages with our fresh goodies from the sea.

July 12   FREE day in Masset (D)
Head into Masset to the artist studios or Old Masset to linger near the poles with the local eagles & ravens. Go back out to Tow Hill for more fresh air and moss…or simply wind down at the cottage or paint along  the beach.
Final group dinner, display of paintings and slideshow of photos.

July 13 Transfer to Sandspit   (Group van transport)
Transfer to Sandspit airport in time for the afternoon departure flight to Vancouver.

Please contact Catherine Evans at TOURS of EXPLORATION for inquiries, bookings & payment information

TOURS OF EXPLORATION  Contact: Catherine Evans/Francine Lucas
BC Reg #3401 1114 Cartwright Road  Gibsons, British Columbia, V0N 1V1
Tel: 1-800-690-7887 (604) 886-7300  Fax: (604) 886-7301
Email: [email protected]
Web site: www.toursexplore.com




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