HAIDA GWAII KAYAK

ABOUT US

We offer single and multi-day kayak tours and rentals along the coast of Haida Gwaii. Our specialty is providing sea kayaking experiences that are truly unique, educational, and awe-inspiring adventures. 

OUR HOME

Discover Haida Gwaii

Welcome to Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. Haida Gwaii means Island of the Haida People. It is home to the wonderful Haida people and culture as well as to many charming locals who have settled over the years. Here, we celebrate the lush old growth forests, dramatic shores, and jagged mountains, as much of the island’s ecosystem sustains its communities.

This rugged and stunning archipelago is located 80 miles from BC’s mainland and a mere 35 miles from the Alaskan Panhandle, encompassing over 200 islands and 1,800km of coastline – some might say it’s a kayaker’s paradise. These islands are informally known as the “Galapagos of Canada,” hosting a vast population of flora and fauna, and of course, sea life. It is our mission to help protect it, while we share its beauty.

LOW-IMPACT ADVENTURE

Kayaking is a great, low-impact way to explore the paths (or in this case, the waters) less traveled by. With much of the world’s true wilderness disappearing or experiencing over-tourism, we wanted to offer an experience that allowed visitors to enjoy the remote wilderness while staying in harmony with it.

On every trip, we endeavour to connect our guests to Haida Gwaii’s wilderness, culture, and community – whether you’re visiting from BC or another country, we take pride and care in sharing our little corner of the world with you. 

OUR VALUES

Stewardship

Living on a remote archipelago off the BC coast isn’t always easy, and taking proper care of the lands, waters and wildlife it encompasses is even harder. Yet we feel privileged to practice leave-no-trace principles to maintain the island’s natural splendour for future generations to enjoy. 

Adventure

To us, adventure means being present but prepared for whatever the wild of Haida Gwaii wants to share with us. We seize those once in a lifetime wilderness experiences – whether it’s a whale breaching or being enamored by bioluminescence, we’re here for it!

People first

Haida Gwaii has approximately ~4,200 people living on the unceded territory of the Haida Nation. It’s important we tailor our trips to your needs while balancing it with the expectations of our community. We work with other businesses, nonprofits and local governments, to practice reciprocity whenever possible.

Continuous learning

At Haida Gwaii Kayak, we’re committed to the personal growth of our guests, staff, business practice and community. We’re acutely aware that sometimes the best education lies beyond the walls of a classroom from the most eclectic of characters.

OUR PEOPLE

Mateo Cariglino – Owner/Operator

Mateo’s journey on Haida Gwaii began in 2017 when he attended a semester in Natural Resource Management offered through the Haida Gwaii institute. It was in this unconventional classroom that he received a taste of everything this archipelago had to share. He continued his development as sea kayak guide on the North Coast and gradually relocated into the charming island community.

His guiding experience extends to the far reaches of New Zealand, Colombia and much of BC’s vast West Coast – with much familiarity in a dynamic array of ocean conditions. He has had the pleasure of guiding people from all backgrounds and aspires to leave those he tours with a distilled sense of wonder and respect for the natural world.

Josh Froese – Lead Guide

Josh’s guiding journey began when he attended the Adventure Tourism and Business Operations program in Golden, BC, where he acquired his sea kayak guiding certifications in waters surrounding Vancouver Island. This ignited his passion of sea kayaking and guiding and brought him to the Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Archipelago and eventually Haida Gwaii.

These years of guiding and personal trips pushed him to paddle in strong current, surf and swell at locations ranging the length of Vancouver Island. Josh’s love of wildlife and the ocean drives his guiding career and his continued exploration of new waters.

Sierra Cariglino – Assistant Guide

Born and raised in BC, Sierra has always had an admiration for the outdoors. Her guiding career began at summer camps where she would explore the backcountry by foot or canoe with youth groups. This opened the door to the sea kayaking community where Sierra then took her sea kayak guide certification.

Having paddled in Desolation Sound, the waters of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, Sierra has experience in a variety of conditions. Ask her about marine life on your next tour!

TALENTED & PASSIONATE

Kayaking is an activity best shared with good company! You’re in luck because the company we keep is unparalleled. We excel at what we do because of our talented, passionate, and experienced crew. All of the guides are certified with SKGABC and have years of hosting people in the backcountry of BC and Haida Gwaii. They are superb paddlers, cooks, naturalists and just genuinely down to earth people. We have built solid relationships with the communities on the island’s to provide you a truly unique experience for your trip. 

QUESTIONS?

Give us a shout, we’re happy to help!

Photography by BluePeak Photography and Jessica Valentinsen

We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded territory of the Haida Nation.
We are grateful for the opportunity to bring guests to this territory, and ask that all review and commit to the Haida Gwaii Pledge to respect Haida Gwaii and Haida ways of being during your stay.