GETTING TO HAIDA GWAII
All Haida Gwaii kayaking tours start from the community of Sandspit, BC, Canada and can be accessed by plane, train, or automobile; however a Ferry will be required for those not flying directly from Vancouver, BC.
Our Haida Gwaii kayak tours will be in a remote coastal environment exposed to a diversity of weather conditions and transportation to/from Gwaii Haanas may require last minute adjustments from our transport providers. It is for these reasons that we require all travel arrangements to be made No later than the day before the tour start date, and leave island NO sooner than the day after the tours scheduled last day.
If you are thinking of adding a few extra days to explore Haida Gwaii, here are some Sandspit – Haida Gwaii Resources to help with your journey.
AIR MILES OR AERO PLAN POINTS
The most economical way to get to this remote location is the use of Air Miles or Aero Plan Points. If you have access to these points, flying from either Vancouver, BC or Calgary, Alberta uses the same amount of points, depending on your origin of travel. Seats are limited and one should think about reserving their seat sooner than later.
AIR CANADA JAZZ (YZP)
Sandspit, BC is the staging community to all Ocean Sound Kayaking adventures. Air Canada flies twice daily directly to Sandspit from Vancouver. If you are not able to use points for the entire haul, one could use it from Vancouver to Sandspit and wait for seat sales for flights to Vancouver.
- Toll Free: 1 888 247 2262
WEST COAST RESORTS 737 JET
Every Wednesday and Sunday, at roughly $200 CDN one way, taxes all in, and their free baggage weight limit is higher than many airlines, West Coast Resorts provide flights between Vancouver and Sandspit using a 737 Jet. These flights are primarily for their fishing lodge guests, however; each flight has several seats available for additional passengers. To book a flight, please phone
- Mallory Russ at West Coast Resorts: 1 800 810-8933 ex 249
PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES
Pacific Coastal Airlines, flies into the Masset Airport, which is located on the northern tip of Graham Island. There flights are cheaper than Air Canada’s; however one will have to arrange reliable travel (200km) from Masset to Sandspit. A bus is available, as well as rental cars.
- Toll Free: 1 800 663 2872
BC Ferries offers sailings from Prince Rupert (mainland) to Skidegate Landing – Haida Gwaii.
You can also travel from Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii, by connecting the following: Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, then Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing on Haida Gwaii.
Its roughly a 7 hr crossing from Mainland to Haida Gwaii, and an additional 24 hrs from Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert, which often requires a layover in Prince Rupert.
If you are taking a vehicle on any ferry, a reservation well in advance will be required.
To make the ferry seem even more complicated, once you arrive in Skidegate Landing- Haida Gwaii, you need to connect with the local ferry to Sandspit (Aliford Bay)
- Local Ferry Schedule for Haida Gwaii.
- Toll Free: 1 888 223 3779
From either Vancouver, Edmonton, or Calgary, one should anticipate 16 to 19hrs of driving time followed by a 7hr ferry crossing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing on Haida Gwaii. A reservation with BC Ferries will be required for your car.
The option to leave a vehicle in Prince Rupert is limited unfortunately, and you may want to connect with the Prince Rupert Visitor Center on this.
Via Rail Canada offers train service from Edmonton to Prince Rupert, and then one must take a ferry to Haida Gwaii – the Queen Charlotte Islands.
- Toll Free: 1 888 842 7245
Once you have your travel arrangements organized, your next step is to reserve your accommodations in Sandspit, BC