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.
MOST GUESTS FLY DIRECTLY FROM VANCOUVER TO SANDSPIT (YZP) BC.
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.
WEST COAST RESORTS 737 JET
West Coast Resorts provide flights between Vancouver and Sandspit on Sundays and Wednesdays, using a 737 Jet. The price also includes accommodations in Sandspit, and is very reasonable CAD $590 including tax roughly and their free baggage weight limit is higher than many airlines. West Coast Resorts provides these flights primarily for guests of their fishing lodges, however; each flight has several seats available for additional passengers. To book a flight, please phone Brian Alexander at West Coast Resorts: 1 800 810-8933 ex 227.
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 travel (200km) from Masset to Sandspit. A bus is available, as well as rental cars.
BC Ferries offer schedules from either Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing – Haida Gwaii or a series of ferries from Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island), to Prince Rupert, then connecting to Skidegate Landing. From Rupert to Skidegate Landing anticipate a 7 hour ferry crossing. From Port Hardy it is a 24 hour tour to Rupert on the mainland, then an additional ferry crossing of 7 hours to Skidegate Landing- Haida Gwaii. Traveling with a vehicle on the ferry, guests will need to make a reservation ASAP on BC ferries, as space is limited. Your accommodation in Sandspit should be able to keep your car while on tour. Contact me in regards to day care for your car in Prince Rupert.
By car, depending on your speed from 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.
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.
- Once you have your travel arranges organized, your next step is to reserve your accommodations in Sandspit, BC