Gwaii Haanas Mothership Tours - Guest Comments

Thanks to all the kind and generous people that I’ve so liberally quoted. And thanks, of course, to all of my guests over the past few years. You were all wonderful shipmates and gave more than you got in terms of sharing your own knowledge and understandings of the mysterious workings of the world.

More and more I have come to realize that it's the people as much as the place that makes these trips so memorable. Perhaps because of the participatory nature of my trips and our dependency on each other in so many ways, the groups more often than not function like a small tribe voyaging back in time. Although I can't say that we travel close to the land in comparison to a self-propelled kayaking group, we do travel in relatively simple circumstances, which somehow seems to be appropriate to the place.

I have been travelling to the more remote corners of the Charlottes for quite a while now. People wonder how I seem to find everything fresh... new and ready for discovery. The answer certainly involves the wonder of the place itself but also the enthusiasm of my shipmates as I see things again for the first time through their eyes. Thanks to you all for making these trips so enjoyable and memorable for me as well.

From Our 2013 Guest Log:

July 16 – 22nd, 2013
We have had a wonderful six days in this beautiful place. All aspects of the trip were marvelous - the crew, Barrett, Ryan, the food, the kayaking and wildlife sightings were a amazing. I was very impressed at the patience and enthusiasm that Barrett and Ryan displayed and their knowledge of so many things - the history and sea-life especially. Being on a boat with four strangers was a completely new experience for us and it was made enjoyable by the crew. Thank you for making this experience memorable for us. All the best for the remainder of this year trips.
        Paige and Kevin

Awesome trip guys! So much to explore, so much to do. We barely put a dent on the islands and had six full days of fun. I will be back. Thanks to Barrett and Ryan

Exploration every day was terrific - new sites, new sounds, great company. The calm waters at night were amazing on the ocean. Thank you for sharing some of your special spots.

July 22 - 27th, 2013
Coho, ling cod, snapper, halibut, prawns. Sea lions, humpbacks, bears and millions of sea stars. Puffins! Culture and good friends! And not to forget the amazing hidden forest walk. Thank you for an amazing time.

All best wishes to our superb captain, Barrett and his trusty assistant Ryan, who made this week as wonderful as it could ever be - utterly unforgettable.

A fine boat, good people, excellent food, and a spectacular place. Thanks especially for providing an entry pass to several of the many cultural layers in these islands. So long and thank you for all the fish.

July 28 - August 2nd, 2013
Many thanks to Barrett and in Ainsley for a great week in Haida Gwaii. Not only did you run a tight ship, safe and efficient, but you also took care of and entertained our three sometimes needy kiddos. You  launched us on great kayak outings, took us on great hikes, swam with us, got a few hundred prawns and more halibut than we are quite willing to admit. You are born great guides and we are lucky to have had you with us.

Memories for a lifetime! Thanks for making this trip possible and for sharing your love of Haida Gwaii. We will treasure these memories and share them as part of our oral history in good Haida style.

Barrett, thank you for the friendship and all that you taught us. I learned a lot just watching. Ainsley, thank you for joining us and for sharing all of your knowledge of the area. All the best to you both.

Aug 3 – 9th, 2013
Thank you so much Barrett and Ainsley for satiating our senses to the max in body, mind and spirit.  We have a far better sense and respect for the ways of the Haida and all that surrounds them - “Awsome” as Christian and Duck Soup say!  Your culinary skills are outstanding, especially the fish and the desserts.  Great energy of camaraderie; like one long big hug. Love this group of people and you. Be well on your future endeavors. Hugs.
        Deb and Joe

Great company; great scenery; great food, paddling and fishing.  A privilege to get to know this place and this crew!  Thank you for your caring, attention and showing us how to relax. 
        Franke and Dieter

An experience of a lifetime shared by a great group (who will likely remain good friends), and of course our courageous crew – calm and cool at all times.  We had an adventure.  It couldn’t have been better.

So many thank-you’s to be said – there are hardly words for them all.  Thank you for all of your good work, terrific skills, and gracious generosity.  This trip was “awesome” as Duck would say.  You gifted us with a set of memories that will be indelibly etched in my minds eye.  Nothing could have been better than the adventure we had here in Gwaii Haanas. 

August 9 -14th, 2013
What an ideal way to get introduced to the country – on a working boat, in great weather, with guides who have an amazing amount of local knowledge.  Thanks to Rob and Lexy for a great time. 

Still waiting for the “down hill”!  This has been a truly awesome experience.  Thanks Rob and Lexi for all you did to make the trip so memorable. 

Haida carvers, Haida culture, paddling, birds, whales, paddling, sea lions, sea urchins, seaweed, paddling, sea-everything, oh yeah, and bush whacking.  Thanks for showing us such a diverse and stunning part of Haida Gwaii.  I enjoyed learning about jigging, trolling, and crabbing too, not to mention eating, oh yeah, and paddling!!!  Thanks Rob and Lexi for being special.

August 15 - 21st, 2013
An experience of a lifetime!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge of this diverse paradise.  Words cannot describe the joy of each day and adventures – paddling, fishing, eating, paddling, fishing, eating.  The visits to your hidden gems were so appreciated, as well as the visits to the cultural sites and the stories given by the watchmen.  I loved the wind, the rain, and the thunder and lightning (even if I didn’t sleep).  We will treasure these memories forever. 
        Chris and Dale

Thank you for the opportunity to experience Haida Gwaii to the fullest.  We enjoyed all it had to offer – rain, rain, thunder, lightning, wind, calm and of course sun!  I think that pretty much covers the weather!  The meals were fabulous Lexi, as well all of your expertise, knowledge and hospitality.  I am very grateful we were able to experience this trip with you both. 
        John and Lesley

It has been a dream to return to Haida Gwaii and experience “the south island.”  We have loved our experience, the amazing kayaking, the scenery, the wonderful Lexi and her absolutely delicious cooking, and the experience of all weather patterns.  The wildlife has been so exciting and the wonderful heritage of the villages at rest – it is a pristine and special part of the world to be treasured by all.
        Bruce and Prue

August 22 - 28th
Barrett, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making a 17 year old dream come true and getting me to see the poles.  I’ve had a great week here on the Island Bay.  Thank you for (in no particular order) 1) my first fish, 2) my first bear, 3) my first ocean trip without throwing up, 4) yummy food… the plane is here so I’ve gotta go!  It’s been fabulous! 

Island Bay, thank you for being my home for six days.  Barrett – trust you man.  Thanks for being the captain for a trip of a lifetime.

When Blake and I moved up to Masset for four months, we knew we had to go to Gwaii Haanas.  Thankfully the stars aligned and we had the privilege of spending an amazing week with Barrett on the Island Bay.  Our trip was far beyond what we had imagined.  Gwaii Haanas is truly a magical place and we feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to experience the life of these island.  From breaching whales from a mama bear and her cubs, sea lions and seals coming within arms reach, to swimming alight with bio-luminescence… the list goes on.  Every day was full of surprise and adventure.  We can’t thank you enough Barrett for hosting us.  You are an incredible chef, fisherman extraordinaire (jigging up cod and rock fish before breakfast), and an ever-patient leader.  Thank you for sharing your love and knowledge of this special place with us.  It will be a week that we will be recanting for years to come.  Many thanks.
        Celia and Blake

Coming all the way from Munich Germany to make this wonderful trip, was a wonderful and great experience.  Barrett, our captain during the trip, took great care of us and then some.  We have relaxed from the daily grind, to enjoy nature, the sea, wildlife.  Barrett reduced our life to the max!  Thank you so much.
        Jana and Kai

September 2 - 7th, 2013
The voyage comes to a close. A week of unexpectedly great weather, blue skys, calm seas: a week of gracious company, confident seamanship and high adventure.  Grateful thank yous to Captain Rob and First Mate Ryan.  Haida Gwaii was everything it was built up to be and much more than the sliver we got to see.  Hope to be back on the sea again.  We’ll try to bring the weather… you bring the boatful of good cheer and further adventures.  Your warmth and energy, patience and shared stories, leave us both looking forward to a second chapter.  Thanks from both of us. 
        Max and Anne

This week has been one I will never forget.  Day after day it got better and better, from the beautiful weather to the amazing food, stunning sites, and of course the unbeatable company.  Thank you Rob and Ryan for sharing with us such an incredible place.  Your hospitality was incredible.  I am already planning my next trip into the park.  Remember if you ever need an onboard nurse/halibut fisher lady, I am your girl.  Thank you so much, looking forward to seeing you again! 

This has been a magical week.  My goal was to see the life and history of Gwaii Haanas.  I saw and experienced so very much more.  Thank you to captain Rob for fist, having an honest website and complete instructions to prepare, then – for the most varied and flexible time each day – accommodating all of our wishes and not promising anything!  I enjoyed everything (understatement). A little challenge was good. A lot of viewing and time to just absorb was good too.  Thank you Ryan for awareness, skills in so much, and care.  Kayak coaching was good for me – brought me to a higher level and inspired me to keep learning.  I do appreciate it!  Thank you to the “Island Bay” for being such a comfortable and working boat.  I will miss this boat too.  I cannot think of a better way to experience this area. 
        Anna Lee

September 8 -13th, 2013
Where to begin? Words cannot express what our experience with you has been… your vast knowledge and willingness to share, your enthusiasm, the organizing of our days for us… meals, visits, paddles, hikes, fishing, etc. and the best food!!!  Thanks Rob and Ryan.

Thanks for a great trip. I was happy to bring along a sun for the last week of the season.  Ship and trips are run like a well oiled machine, as are chef Ryan’s meals.  Rob seems to have prepared for every possible mishap. Would love to return one of these days.

From our guest log of past year's trips...

"Even on the best of trips there are usually minor glitches, but not on this one. We were completely and totally pleased with the arrangements, the site visits and the vessel - not to mention the skills and capabilities of the skipper. We've been fortunate enough to visit every part of Canada - sea to sea - thank you for adding the Charlottes to our storehouse of beautiful memories."
        Tom Beck, Calgary, Alberta

Rob, this voyage of discovery with you was probably the best six-consecutive day period of my life. I've had lots of great experiences before, but to sustain the magic day after day is almost beyond belief. The Islands will always hold a special place in my memories.
        Dick Pitschka, San Juan Batista, California.

Crew to Captain Doom...thank you for a fantastic trip! You provided a humorous and capable gateway into the enchanted land of Haida Gwaii. So many layers of adventure and spectacular events. You are great as host, guide and dexterous problem manoeverer (from feasting to laying prawn traps to disembowelling the boat). You are the Doomslayer! My hat is off to you.
        Dr. Lonnette Reib, Vancouver, B.C.

 (Honest, I didn’t make these up. And I didn't pay anyone either. What can I say? - They liked the trips!)

"Thank you for taking us on a journey that will reverberate in our psyches and souls. Your love of this land, sea and sky shows itself deeply, and helped me to connect to it quickly"
        Claire Vermillion, Nicasio, California

"Many thanks for straight wakes, enjoyable conversations, trips to rookeries and kind introductions to all of the Haida Gwaii Watchpeople. All of us had a thoroughly magnificent trip."
        Mike Robinson, Calgary, Alberta

Thank you for a completely fantastic experience! It was a pleasure and an honor to be on this trip with you, amongst friends and family, on such a wonderful boat. Every minute of the day from magnificent sunrises to shooting stars with fiery tails after midnight, was spectacular. Thanks for sea-shepherding us with such grace and humour.
        Dr. Betty Callum, Vancouver, B.C.

Our Captain Rrrrrr: From one chocolate lover to another, a thousand thanks wouldn't be enough to express my gratitude to you. Thank you for sharing your love of the Charlottes. I know everyone has said it before but this is truly a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
        Vee Carr, Seattle, Washington

Thanks for a great week! Can't imagine experiencing the Charlottes without your expertise. You truly gave us long days and showed us some of the best! Loved the low tide paddles, the forest walks, the prawns, crabbing and halibut. I'll be back for the big one!
        Sandy Braun, Seattle, Washington

A week of wonder, of exploration, of delight and surprises, of challenges and new experiences! And all under the guidance of "my Captain, my Captain". Left and right brains fully stimulated. Many thanks Rob.
         Chris and Suzanne Finch, Mission, B.C.

Thanks for taking us on the eleventh hour and being such a good guide in this timeless place. It feels like we've been looking forward to experiencing the Charlottes forever and finally realized the dream. The first four lines of the poem alluded to above are:
                    Oh Captain, my Captain
                    Our fateful trip is done
                    The ship has weathered every rack
                    The prize we sought is won...
If the prize was adventure, history, poetry, myth... it was all here!
         Jeanne and John Reeder, Edmonds, Washington

"Karel, Thanks for being such an entertaining, patient and knowledgeable guide and Captain. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. "Awesome" seems to cover it best.”
        Diane and Bruce Meek

"Karel, Thanks so much for enabling us to see so much. Your knowledge and love of the land, sea, people and history was a treasure. Thanks for your easy going nature and your smile. We know we'll be back again."
        Dennis and Joan Ducklow

"Karel, This trip covered it all - sometimes all in one day! What more could we ask for... Rob, we missed you, but Karel did an amazing job! Thank you both."
        Hilary Rousseau

A trip filled with truly wonderful experiences catching crabs, halibut, prawns, great meals, laughs, bonding with truly great old friends, wildlife viewing, native history. Rob is a great Captain - knowledgeable, easy going and a friend. Thanks for everything.
        Ray McLean, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

A wonderful week where all the cares of the world were suppressed by the will to survive. Wonderful crew! Wonderful guests! And a great Captain!
         Pat Levalle, Toronto, Ontario

Thanks for getting us through hell and high waters - to all the spots we so wanted to see! Glad to know that the essence of Haida Gwaii endures...
        Karen King, Toronto, Ontario

Many thanks for a nautical adventure we'll long remember. You are a fine skipper, not just for your navigational prowess, but your ability to inspire this most motley crew. Remember us fondly.
        Helen Burstyn, Toronto, Ontario

This has been the best. Good times, good food and friends. We had a wonderful time!! We enjoyed the Island Bay and all the stops in this timeless place.
        Margaret and Roland Nelson, Seattle, Washington

Thanks for a memorable voyage! What a unique mixture of B.C.'s natural and cultural heritage.
        Stephane Hoffman, Bellevue, Washington

This trip exceeded all my expectations of the Queen Charlotte Islands. You have a great knowledge of the area. Thanks for choosing such wonderful places for us to kayak and camp.
        Rebecca Rojack, Iowa

Thank you Rob for your patience, expertise and enthusiasm. You really did make it a wonderful experience.
        Dr. Walton Langford, Saltspring Island, B.C.

The six years I waited to come on this trip were worth it! A dream come true (and I got to see a bear from a kayak)! It does not get any better than this.
        Marianne Semon, Switzerland

Thank you Rob for this adventure. I never imagined I could see so many marvelous places and animals during these six days. I can only say: an unforgettable experience. "Je m'en souviendrai tres longtemps, c'etait phantastique".
        Irene Froelich, Switzerland

Thank you for this extraordinary experience. It was wonderful to spend time with a group of incredible people, exploring this spectacular environment. Thank you for your patience, dedication and above all, your passion for this land and it's people. Your presence provided a gateway for us to explore the past and present of a remarkable place and a remarkable culture.
        Kristi Allik, Kingston, Ontario

Thanks for a wonderful tour of "God's Country"' I totally enjoyed myself thanks to your great operation. I appreciate a safe trip.
        Kim Goodman, Seattle, Washington

Loved being on this boat surrounded by water and the soft shapes of distant mist covered hills. Your library was a source of wonder. I wish you smooth sailing.
        Charlotte, El Rito, New Mexico

Thank you, Rob, for a wonderful holiday! Your many talents made the experience incredible! Your skills as Captain are top notch in every way.
        Barry and Dawn Loucks, Victoria, B.C.

Rob, you have been the most gentle of guides. Every detail of the trip, as every detail of the Tomram is well thought out and executed. Thank you for your flexibility, your generous spirit and your quiet teaching. I have fallen in love with the Misty Isles and can only hope to return.
        Marcia Harter, Half Moon Bay, California

Thanks for a great and gentle adventure. Haida Gwaii caught my imagination twenty years ago. Being here on Tomram with you and our friends was a dream come true. Every day was fantastic. There were "no worries" with your expert planning and guidance. I finish our trip renewed and refreshed. I look forward to our return and keeping in touch.
        John Harter, Half Moon Bay, California

This trip was the best of introductions to Haida Gwaii that I can imagine. Everything about the islands is spectacular, but having a knowledgeable and congenial guide gave me a depth of experience I would not otherwise have had. Thank you for a truly memorable trip. I look forward to returning.
        Kris Pitschka, San Juan Batista, California.

I've been looking forward to a kayak trip to the Queen Charlottes for the last ten years. I had extremely high expectations that were met or exceeded every day. Thank you so much for all the energy, time and effort you put in to make these trips possible.
        Jane Batcheller, St. Paul, Minnesota

Every day was a new adventure on the Tomram! Thank you for showing us this incredible area. We had many once-in-a-lifetime experiences and lots of fun. We appreciate your hospitality.
        Joan Skalabrin, Port Orchard, Washington

It takes a special kind of Skipper to entice a non-swimmer into a kayak.  That pretty much sums up the trip - exciting, broaching new experiences, overseen by the steady, assured hand of a seasoned pro.  This trip was not merely unforgettable.  It was a trip that really becomes a part of you.  Many, many thanks.
        Peter and Diane, Toronto, Ont.

Wow, six days over already! What an awesome trip! Great food, fishing, walking, kayaking, weather and the best skipper. (thanks Shannon...)
        Shannon and Greg Bellamey, Coquitlam, B.C.

Thanks so much for sharing this uniquely beautiful part of the world with us! For such a short time we'll have enough memories to last for years. Everything was just perfect.
        Katie and Steve Schmidt, New Mexico

Thank you for that splendid trip through South Moresby. It exceeded our expectations! Traveling on the Island Bay was great fun and the availability of kayaks for excursions off the boat enhanced our experience of the scenery and wildlife immeasurably. You were a wonderful host and tour guide. We’ll be back!
        Bob Isbister and Saraugh Wright, Victoria, BC

A trip of a lifetime. Great scenery, great adventure. Many many Howas (thanks) to our Captain and guide Rob who made us all feel so special. Your skiff Commander,
        Andy Williams, Guelph, Ontario

There’s no way we could record on film the memories we’ve stowed away on this trip. We were looking forward to the trip of a lifetime and in no way have we been disappointed. Your love of the environment, wealth of knowledge and your expertise in handling your craft made this one fun-filled week we’ll always treasure. And as Bri would add...."It doesn’t get any better than this!!"
        Susie Wilson, Guelph, Ontario

‘Twas magical, enjoyable and unforgettable - thanks to Rob’s great knowledge of these Islands.
        John Cunningham, Toronto, Ontario

A totally wonderful and beautiful trip - a great adventure. I could handle several more weeks of the same. Thanks for the memories.
        Judith King, Port Elgin, Ontario

Charlottes 101 has been a fantastic experience. Thanks Rob for arranging the fine weather, minke whales, super kayaking with splendid wildlife viewing as well as taking care of all the logistics, sea negotiations and tugboat care. I’ve felt very much at home aboard your boat and that’s a great credit to your temperament and attitude. You get A’s in all areas and I’d like to repeat the experience.
        Charles Kahn, Saltspring Island, B.C.

Thank you for showing us the Charlottes in such fine fashion. We enjoyed the "funkiness" of the Tomram and learned a great deal of your wealth of natural and historical knowledge of the area - you obviously love what you do. As for the Charlottes - what a place! It’s reassuring to know that places like this still exist. Thank you for a wonderful experience and best of luck in the future!
        Brad Ray, Surrey, B.C.

This trip has truly blown me away and has had a big impact on me in many ways - I hope we’ll do this again in future.
        Cindy Ray, Surrey, B.C.

Thanks for showing us that there is peace and beauty in this hectic world. Your knowledge of the area, the people and the history made this a rich experience.
        Lynn and Brian Jackson, Burnaby, B.C.

The end has come too fast! A perfect trip, good company, good food, magnificent environment. Hope all your guests enjoyed the trip as much as we have. Thanks,
         Bob and Karen Witzel, West Vancouver, B.C.

Good company, wonderful things to see and experience and a captain with a sense of humour! I really enjoyed the birds, the trees, the moss!! The Haida villages are awe inspiring and unforgettable. Very many thanks Rob for your generosity and giving of local knowledge. This trip will be a very happy memory.
        Dorothy Woodhouse, Vancouver, B.C.

Is there anything left to say? These six days have been so enjoyable, fun including the rain. Kayaking was a new experience, why did I wait so long to try it. Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to see and do all these new things and for sharing your knowledge of these fantastic Islands.
        Margaret Lamb, Sudbury, Ont.

"Thank you for taking us on a journey that will reverberate in our psyches and souls. Your love of this land, sea and sky shows itself deeply, and helped me to connect to it quickly"
        Claire Vermillion, Nicasio, California

"We've been raving about the Charlottes too much… There really is no need to go to Fiji or Hawaii with all of this in our back yard. Need I say more…we were impressed!"
        Pat and Ed Rowlands, White Rock, British Columbia

"You've made this this wilderness alive with your intimate knowledge. Thank you for your generosity and integrity in sharing it."
        Susy Stewart, Mill Valley, California

Sept 2-8, 2011
Great trip full of different experiences, sights and sounds.  Some beautiful sunny days on the upper deck, and some paddling hard into the wind & rain – but always in beautiful surroundings.  Thanks Barrett for your thoughtful & knowledgeable care.

Thank you so much for an amazing trip.  You were a great guide & captain.  Thanks for taking us through the incredible forest and kayak excursions.  I loved it!  Had an amazing time!

Thank you for a wonderous trip, awesome company, unforgettable sights and a memorable adventure.
        Sherry Forbes, Calgary

July 8-13, 2012
This is a trip I have wanted to take for over 25 years!  The combination of lolling about, kayaking, introduced to the ghosts of Haida village life, being in great company, and the participitory nature of meals struck a perfect balance.  The six days of unadulterated sun was a bonus.  Thanks for a great time.  You’ve hit a sweet spot with Archipelago Ventures!
        Jennifer, Toronto

Fabulous!  Loved all the wildlife, kayaking, eating fresh fish/seafood, visiting the historic Haida villages and reading about/immersing in the culture via the wonderful onboard library!
        Debbie, Toronto

The days have gone by so quickly and we certainly enjoyed them all.  The trip of full of amazing experiences and once in a lifetime moments.  We take home with us memories and photos of this incredible place.  The marine life, cultural history, kayaking, fishing, reading and eating was all excellent.  The captain and crew were wonderful. Thanks to all
        Suzanne, Doug & Rae Carter

Aug 7-12, 2012
This trip has long been on our bucket list and with Captain Barrett at the helm you did not dissapoint us.  What an amazing experience to see the totems & what remained of the old Haida Villages.  Fishing for the kids was fabulous, and with my husband catching a halibut certainly made our day.  Whales, puffins, sunny beach days, amazing food, in a miraculous part of the world.  Thanks for sharing.
        Karla, Len, Brett & Alix Walchuk

Aug 21-27, 2012
It was smiles all around as Barrett walked back towards the Island Bay after introducing himself last Monday night.  At that moment we all knew that what had promised to be a good trip was going to be a great one.  From homemade muffins to epic fish tacos, from the salmon at Echo Bay to the view at Lake Sebajaj, from the sharp cries of the eagles to the powerful breaths of the Humpbacks, not a day went by in which our taste buds, eyes, ears and every other sense were not amazed.  Thank you for everything Barrett and Ainsley, your passion and enthusiasm made every day unique and memorable.
        Alexander, Sophie and Emma Carr

The Island Bay transported us well, but Barrett you brought it to life in every way with your penultimate skippering skills.  What a great way for our family to be introduced to the wonders of Gwaii Haanas (and for John to be reintroduced after 26 years).  Thank you for a trip that surpassed all expectations – having Ainsley on board with us was a huge added bonus.
        John & Jennifer Carr, Lantzville, BC

Aug 27-Sept 2, 2012
Having wanted to experience Haida Gwaii for a number of years I had high expectations of the trip.  All of those expectations were blown away every day.  The scenery, the wildlife, the Haida history all came together under the multi talented and highly skilled Barrett.  I’ll leave the M.V. Island Bay much richer as a person for having shared this wonderfrul experience with Barrett, Gary, Jennifer, Glory and Cameron.  My biggest hope is to return again some day soon.  Thanks for a fantastic experience.
        Alan Dickinson, Ottawa

Many thanks for opening our eyes to the Haida culture, art, history and wonders of their natural environment, and especially the kindly, mutli talented and ever humble Barrett.  A wonderful holiday and an educational one.
        Jennifer and Gary, White Rock

July 13-19, 2008
This has been pure magic!  We’re in awe of the islands and all they hold – and your incredible set of skills that made this a perfect trip.
        Mark Styles & Anne Taylor, Ottawa

Aug 6-Aug 12, 2008
I already know that this last week will become one f themost memorable times in my life.  You made us feel at home from the moment we stepped on the Island Bay.  Each experience has been so special it is difficult to separate them into an order of merit.
        Don, North Vancouver

July 4-9, 2009
Absolutely amazing trip.  This one will be hard to beat!!
        Heather Davis

Aug 6-11, 2009
There really are no words to adequatley summarize this journey.  Absolutely amazing just doesn’t cover it.
        Meg & Chris, Beaverton ON

Aug 2-7, 2010
Mike and I just had the time of our lives with Capt Rob...I can’t believe so much adventure could be packed into six days – we have enough varied memores to fill a volume.
        Mike O’Fallon & Jenny McDonell

I’ve had one of the most enjoyble, pleasent and adventurous weeks of my life.  Unique scenery, fishing, kayaking, Haida culture sites & history, I already miss it all...I’m all ready to do it again.
        Oded, Tel Aviv

Aug 8-13, 2010
This has been a fabulous & inspirational trip.  Every stop got better & better!  Thank you so much for such a great trip!  I highly recommend this trip to everyone!
        Margaret Otto

Loved everything, hoping to come back next year to bring family and friends.  Please keep these tours going...they are fantastic.
        Margaret Murison

Fabulous scenery, wonderful food, great people – all that one could ask for and more.

July 3-9, 2011
Words truly cannot express what this trip has meant to us.  There have been six magical days filled with wonder and surprise. 

Aug 8-14, 2011
A perfect trip in every way.  Excellent food, lots of laughs, amazing people.
        Susie and Herb Hammond, Vallican BC

Words cannot describe how amazing was this trip on the Island Bay.  So many unique experiences, unbelievable scenery, wildlife, fauna & history.  I am forever grateful for this opportunity to experinece what Gwaii Hanaas offers.
        Dane, Nelson, BC

Aug 20-27, 2011
We’ve looked forward to this type of visit to Haida Gwaii for a long time, and feel extrememly lucky to have travelled with you , Rob.  This week has been beyond our expectations in every way – a fantastic, memorable time that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed.
        Terry & Roger Skinner, Coquitlam, BC

What an incredible trip.  You went above and beyond to make this the most special time I’ve ever had. 
        Sandra Carlson