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Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

Prince Albert, Sask.
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Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

Planning a trip for 2019. Leaning towards June. Hoping to see whales and puffins and hike as well bring our bikes along. We are planning to drive to PR and take the ferry. Hope to book a place in Queen Charlotte City for a week. Can we use this as a base and do day trips? Also hoping to do a day trip to Gwaii Haanas. Will June be ok? Is a week long enough? Thanks

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1. Re: Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

hi

are you aware that June is rainy season? this will get you historical weather …weather.gc.ca/climate_data/…

You can visit Haida Gwaii in a week but you have to time it with the ferries which do not run every day at least not this year and doubt it will change in 2019

Gwaii Haanas can not be done as a day trip and the best places need a guide. https:/…voyagistes-operators

this is a good web site and the tourist office got good reviews for being knowledgeable in a recent post. gohaidagwaii.ca/blog/haida-gwaii-trip-planni…

I did the planning but never made it yet. I looked at staying in Tlell as I had found a reasonable place and it made getting to Massett a lot easier and then had staying in Queen Charlotte City on the night or 2 before the ferry run. https://goo.gl/maps/KwjLktybEty

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2. Re: Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

Examine car rental options-does it cost a lot more to bring your own car on the ferry/could you bring your gear by bicycle and save much?

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I agree with cbaarch about contacting the tourist office.... I called there last summer with some inquiries....they know their stuff. Very helpful. Haven't made it there yet.

Kamloops, Canada
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I went to the islands a few years back in august and it rained about 50% of the time- it was a dry year believe it or not. Be super prepared for rain no matter when you go. Taking a vehicle on the ferry is quite expensive (vs not) but IMO you need a vehicle to see the whole island. I don't know anything about rentals on island.

I seem to recall there being lots of restrictions on the visitations in gwaii haanas- that'll be a deal maker or breaker. DO get in touch with someone on island about that as I'm pretty sure you can't just walk in and show yourself around.

Tlell is pretty small, so I wouldn't be eager to use that as home base as a previous commenter mentioned. Depending on where you're interested in going, something more central may be better. We did a lot of driving and fuel wasn't plentiful on the island, so that's something to consider as well. As with most islands, most things are expensive too.

Whether you make it down to the park or not I would go for at least two weeks if I were to go again (and I WILL one day- it's gorgeous!). I would also shell out the extra money to get a bed to sleep in on the way back to rupert. We ended up with a suite when our "regular" bed wasn't made up when we got to the room on our trip back. So grateful for a solid sleep before the 9 hours back to prince george.

I hope you make the trip- It was so much more than I had expected <3

Prince Albert, Sask.
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Thank you all for your responses. We were first considering Aug and someone we know who lives on Haida Gwaii suggested June. Yes there is rain and dress in layers. I have found day trips online that do stop in the villages which i thought was Gwaii Haanas. Anyone know anything about Moresby Explorers? We have done numerous ferry trips to Newfoundland and various islands on BC West Coast. I did check ferry rates and thought they were reasonable. Good to know about limited fuel options. Also considering extending our time to include Alaska. We were there a few years ago and loved it. Also are bugs bad in June versus Aug? Thanks

Edited: 23 May 2018, 09:01
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6. Re: Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

Bugs are rarely an issue in coastal BC- except wasps while cleaning fish later in the season.

Penticton, Canada
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7. Re: Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

I am curious what you have in mind when you say extending the trip to include Alaska.

There is good info on the Alaska Forum but if you where thinking of taking the ferry to Skagway then driving back via the Yukon you will find lots of info about that on the Yukon forum

this brochure is great for the Yukon https:/…vacation-planner

and the ferry info for Alaska is http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/

and this travel guide is great for northern destinations www.themilepost.com

also curious about limited fuel supply as the drive from Skidegate to Massett is only 100 km. I get 500+ on a full tank of gas

Edited: 23 May 2018, 10:59
Prince Albert, Sask.
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8. Re: Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

Yes ferry to Skagway. Drive to Whitehorse etc. Have you done this? Thanks for the info. I too was curious about gas availability on HG. We take bikes and use them to get around as well.

Prince Albert, Sask.
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Good to know. Thanks

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10. Re: Trip Planning Haida Gwaii

@Mrs-Dash

FYI - the reply button does not attach to a post - best to use only one box; add the name of who you are responding to when there is more than one.

about going to Alaska question:

I have a trip to the Arctic Circle planned for the fall so I have done all the homework - the AMS ferry is quite expensive and the logistic of stopping along the way is time consuming and I did not find that the rewards would be high enough compared to driving north; so we are:

driving North on Highway 37 called the Stewart-Cassiar; with a side trip to Hyder AK and the Salmon Glacier.

then north to Watson Lake and Whitehorse to get to Eagle Plains for the Arctic Circle on the Dempster (gravel road)

Then what I found that may be useful if you do not go past Whitehorse is that there is the route called the Golden Circle found on the Yukon Travel Guide https:/…vacation-planner

when doing that route there is a boat that goes from Haines-Skagway to Juneau as a day trip (passenger only) if you wanted an Alaska coastline experience instead of taking the ferry all the way from PR.

We are then coming back via the Alcan highway to Dawson Creek and likely avoiding Jasper unless we find an opening that is not going to break the bank.

there was some good info on this page http://www.bellsalaska.com/highways/

and http://www.murraysguide.com/

this map will give you an idea https://drive.google.com/open… so far we have 21 days planned we are flexible so it might take a bit longer.

hope that helps and best to continue that converstion on the Yukon forum where the Travel Office monitors the questions on that forum with really good info. that includes going to Skagway

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