Travelling to Haida Gwaii - (Queen Charlotte Islands)

Transportation Services

Daily commercial flights are scheduled from Vancouver to Sandspit. Regular service also operates between Prince Rupert and points on the Islands. Other commercial air services (including float planes and helicopters) are available at Sandspit, Queen Charlotte and Masset. Please note that a 20- minute ferry ride (fee charged) is necessary between Graham and Moresby Islands.

BC Ferries provides year-round service between the Queen Charlotte Islands and Prince Rupert. From Prince Rupert, connections to Alaska and to southern BC ferry routes can be made. Reservations should be made well in advance 1-888-223-3779. See BC Ferries

Air Canada Jazz arrives and departs in Sandspit YZP (Moresby Island) and Pacific Coastal flies to Masset ZMT (northern Graham Island).

There is also daily seaplane service between Prince Rupert and Masset/Sandspit/Queen Charlotte by North Pacific Seaplanes.
Flight Information and Reservations

Pacific Coastal: 1-800-663-2872 http://www.pacificcoastal.com

Air Canada: 1-888-247-2262 http://www.aircanada.com

North Pacific Seaplanes: 1-800-689-4234 http://www.northpacificseaplanes.com

Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site: Full info on travel to this area.

Travel plans must be flexible in order to take into account delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions. Adequate fuel, clothing, food and equipment are essential. Take time to learn about the waters you intend to navigate. This area has significant tidal variation, strong tidal currents and rapidly changing weather. Strong winds can develop quickly and with little or no warning. Filing a sail plan and contacting the Coast Guard.

Filing a Sail Plan and contacting the Coast Guard:

In the past, the Coast Guard asked that everyone file a sail plan with them. The Coast Guard now encourages you to file a sail plan with a trusted family member or friend and if necessary, that person can contact the Coast Guard on your behalf. If you don’t have anyone to leave a sail plan with, the Coast Guard will accept one for you. Call collect at 1-250-627-3081.

Ensure you close your sail plan with your family member or friend when you return, or you may be held financially responsible for unnecessary search and rescue costs incurred on your behalf. Contact the Coast Guard by VHF marine radio (Channel 16 or 22A) or call them collect at the above number.

any visitors to Gwaii Haanas travel with organized tour groups. Commercial operators offer services in Gwaii Haanas from May through September. Services include guided tours, charter vessel services, passenger and cargo transport between points. There is considerable range in the size, nature and price of these services. It is advisable to make reservations well in advance of your trip. Only licensed commercial operators may provide services in Gwaii Haanas.

The boat launch facilities closest to Gwaii Haanas are at Moresby Camp on Cumshewa Inlet. Moresby Camp is a private industrial site, accessible by logging road. For detailed instructions on times and procedures for travelling on logging roads, check with the Visitor Information Centre in Sandspit or Queen Charlotte. Generally, when travelling from Sandspit or the Alliford Bay ferry, you will be driving on active logging roads that are safest to travel between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. or on weekends. Always drive with your headlights on.

Visitors launching small boats or sea kayaks at Moresby Camp may choose to travel the inside waters of Carmichael Passage and Dana Passage, south to Gwaii Haanas and avoid the exposed waters between Cumshewa Head and Porter Head on the Tangil Peninsula. Louise Narrows has strong currents, so time your travel with the tides. It takes about two days, weather permitting, to travel by kayak from Moresby Camp to the northern border of Gwaii Haanas at Tangil penninsula.

Information provided by Parks Canada



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