Tour description

Note: this tour is sold out, but if you wish to be added to the wait list please call 250-721-7797

Leave the big cities behind and join this exciting 13-day exploration of Northwest Coast art and culture and the life and works of Emily Carr. Tracing Carr’s 1912 and 1928 journeys to vibrant communities of contemporary carvers and ancient village sites, we experience the rich history and warm hospitality of various First Nations communities.

Beginning with a visit to Campbell River and Cape Mudge on Quadra Island, we continue to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island to witness the legacy of internationally renowned Kwakwaka'wakw carvers Willie Seaweed and Mungo Martin and visit the U'Mista Cultural Centre, with its impressive collection of masks, baskets, coppers, and canoes.

After we cruise the splendid inside passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert and the ancestral home of the Tsimshian people, we travel inland by coach along the Skeena River to the home of the Gitxan. We will also visit the new Kitselas Cultural Centre and the new Nisga’a Museum in the Nass Valley.

We then return to Prince Rupert and transfer by ferry to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), to visit some remote Haida villages, as well as carving studios and museums, including the new Cultural Centres in Qay'llnagaay (Skidegate) and Masset. We also have time to relax and marvel at the pristine natural beauty of Haida Gwaii, with its diversity of flora and fauna and miles of unbroken pristine beaches.

From Haida Gwaii we fly home by way of Vancouver.

Activity Level: Moderate plus. Participants should be in very good health, be able to endure some long touring days and longer walks on uneven terrain. You should be able to climb stairs and get in and out of zodiac boats.

Pre-tour sessions

Your 5 pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 28 to July 26 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Academic resource

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Pay your deposit by November 25, 2016 and receive a $150 reduction on your balance of payment.

Tour dates July 29 – Aug. 10, 2017
Total tour cost (based on double occupancy)$5,695.00
*Early bird cost$5,545.00
Single supplement$995.00

How to register

To ensure a place on this tour a deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by March 31, 2017 (provided space is still available); there is a $200 withdrawal fee prior to the final payment date. The balance of payment is due on April 21, 2017.

*Early Bird Registration: Pay your deposit by November 25, 2016 and receive a $150 reduction on your balance of payment.

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