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Address: 154 Tsulquate Reserve, Port Hardy, British Columbia V0N 2P0, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Join a tour from Port Hardy into the traditional territory of the...

Join a tour from Port Hardy into the traditional territory of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations aboard our 28' Coast Guard-certified vessel to run the worlds fastest navigable tidal rapids, the Nakwakto Rapids.The Nakwakto Rapids are among the fastest in the world and can run up to 20 knots, and are the gateway to over 100 miles of remote coastline, including the Great Bear Rainforest.Aboard the vessel, learn more about the history and culture of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations, and also come into close contact with local wildlife, including eagles, bears and whales - the vessel is equipped with a hydrophone.The vessel has been fitted out with the comfort of the passengers in mind - it's heated, and there are complimentary snacks and beverages. There is also a washroom on board.Basic itinerary:- Leave the dock after a traditional prayer and departure ceremony- Begin journey to the rapids (approx. 1.25 hrs.)- Introductions and multimedia presentation- Snacks and hot and cold beverages offered- Origin story while transiting through Schooner Channel- Begin the rapids interaction- 30-45 minutes of running the rapids- Exit through Schooner or Slingsby Channel- Wild life viewing where our guests might be blessed to see whales, dolphins, eagles, sea birds, sea lions, porpoises, seals and more.- Listening to traditional drumming provided by our cultural guide while traveling back to Port Hardy.- Return to dock- Whole trip is approx. 4 hours

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This was one of the best days hiking I can remember and our guide was superb! A must see for anyone wanting to experience nature and the k'awat'si are so knowledgable. I left a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
Emily D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This was one of the best days hiking I can remember and our guide was superb! A must see for anyone wanting to experience nature and the k'awat'si are so knowledgable. I left a better person after a day at San Josef bay

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Guest-Relations-KEDC, Guest Relations at k'awat'si Tours, responded to this review

We're happy to hear that you had such a positive experience on your trip to San Josef bay with us Emily! We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and to have experienced and knowledgeable guides working with us. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Big thanks to Davis and the group at K'awat'si Tours! We had a fabulous time!!! We went on two excursions with our 14-month-old. First, we visited the salmon hatchery and the beach. We learned about First Nations culture and history. The next day, we went out on the boat and saw sea lions and humpback whales. What made our trips... More 

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Guest-Relations-KEDC, Guest Relations at k'awat'si Tours, responded to this review

We're so pleased to hear you had a fabulous time on both of your tours with us Andrea! We're happy to be able to share the First Nations culture and history of the area with our guests while taking them to fun and exciting locations. We're also very lucky to have a phenomenal group of people working with us and... More 

Rainbow Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I stumbled across this company on FaceBook. We booked the 11 am tour, what a great day. The weather was foggy and sort of drizzly. Davis picked us up at the campground just outside of town and took us to the dock. We met Edgar and Gordon who were our captain and guide. Great guys. They were very knowledgable of... More 

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Guest-Relations-KEDC, Guest Relations at k'awat'si Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your guided cultural tour and got to see some marine life! We'll be sure to let Eddy, Davis and Gordon know you had such a great time. We hope to see you again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Even though the weather was dull and drizzling, we thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip. Weaving through the small islets to the Rapids was beautiful and the rapids themselves are stunning- beauty and power in a grand show of nature. Of equal value was the commentary from our guide Davis about the re-emergence of the First Nations people and their consolidation... More 

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Guest-Relations-KEDC, Guest Relations at k'awat'si Tours, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed the boat trip with us, despite the unseasonable weather! It's hard to convey the intensity of the Rapids in photos, so we're happy to be able to show them to people in person. We'll make sure Davis knows you enjoyed his commentary - we are lucky to have him on the team. Thank you for... More 

Port Hardy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

I have lived in Port Hardy all of my life and have seen the Nakwakto rapids many times. Taking this tour as a local was amazing - learning some history of our local First Nations, seeing the rapids from a different viewpoint, and all of the incredible wildlife was very special, and something not to be taken for granted. Absolutely... More 

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Port Hardy, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Last week I went out with a co-worker of mine for a familiarization tour with the Port Hardy Visitor Centre. I had an absolutely amazing time! Conrad and our Captain were very friendly, informative, and welcoming. I learned a lot about the history of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations and their territories. The tidal rapids took me completely by surprise, I would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

We had no idea what to expect when we left the seagate wharf at 8:30 on a beautiful sunny day in Port Hardy. After a brief blessing,and introduction on the way out of the harbour, we were on our way. It is a 4 hour return trip through some of the most beautiful landscapes that god created .The rapids are... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

Leaving Port Hardy on a beautiful Saturday morning heading to the Natwakto Rapids (strongest currents in the world) on a 28' boat, the scenery heading towards the rapids is breath taking to say the least. Along the way you are treated to some educational and historical information about the area and the people who lived in the area, a well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

The Gwa'sala and ’Nakwaxda’xw nations have just started offering an opportunity to visit their ancestral lands north of Port Hardy. The natural beauty is spectacular, but this tour is also a chance to learn about the history and experience of these communities and their relationship to this wild area that was their home. We enjoyed a comfortable crossing to the... More 

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