Travelling to Haida Gwaii

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site

Haida Gwaii, which translates to Islands of the People, is an archipelago approximately 100 kilometres off the northern British Columbia coast. Gwaii Haanas, which translates to Islands of Beauty, is a protected area in the southern one third of Haida Gwaii. 

Haida Gwaii and Gwaii Haanas are only accessible by air or sea. For more information on traveling to Haida Gwaii, please visit Go Haida Gwaii

We encourage visitors to take the Haida Gwaii pledge and learn more about how to visit respectfully.

Community visitor centres are in:

Travelling by air

Air Canada

Air Canada flights between Sandspit (YZP) and Vancouver International (YVR) airports.

Pacific Coastal Airlines

Flights between Masset (ZMT) and Vancouver International South Terminal (YVR) airports.

Inland Air Charters Ltd.

Flights from Prince Rupert to Masset, Daajing Giids and Sandspit.

Travelling by sea

BC Ferries

BC Ferries offers year-round service from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing, which is on the southern end of Graham Island, on a seven-hour crossing. An Inside Passage ferry runs between Port Hardy (northern Vancouver Island) and Prince Rupert. Reservations are essential.

Small Craft Harbours

Facilities for recreational and commercial vessels are available in Daajing Giids, Sandspit, Port Clements and Masset. Facilities include electrical hookups and fresh water. Sandspit Harbour has a holding tank, pump out station and showers.

Getting around Haida Gwaii

Getting around Haida Gwaii is easy with your own vehicle, but there is limited public transportation.

The communities of Daajing Giids, Hlaagilda Skidegate, Tlell, Port Clements, Masset and Old Massett are located on Graham Island. K’il Kun, Sandspit and the K’il Kun Xidgwangs Daanaay, Sandspit Airport are on Moresby Island. A car and passenger ferry connects the two islands with a 20-minute trip.

Visitors who arrive without a vehicle have these options:

  • Car Rentals
  • Airport Shuttles
  • Taxis/transport services
  • Kayak rentals

For transportation and guiding services in and around Gwaii Haanas, please visit Go Haida Gwaii

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