BC Ferries operates
a scheduled ferry service between Prince Rupert on the mainland
and Skidegate in Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte
Islands but renamed in December 2009.
3 round trip sailings per week.
by the Queen of Prince Rupert
View a map
of Prince Rupert
View a map
of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
Reservations are required for passenger and vehicle travel between
Port Hardy, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii.
From the Skidegate
terminal on Graham Island, another 20-minute ferry ride takes
you to Alliford Bay on Moresby Island.
on the map to view a large scale map of Vancouver Island and
Coastal British Columbia Ferry Routes.
current schedules, fares, vehicle reservations and additional
information directly with BC
Rupert, British Columbia's northernmost port, is the terminus
for the Alaska
Marine Highway System and VIA Rail. Visitors will find many
whale watching charters and fishing vessels selling their wares
at the busy dock - try the crabs and fresh halibut! Head down to
quaint old Cow Bay for a cappuccino, or out to the rugged beauty
of the Khutzeymateen reserve. Take a tour of the historical North
Pacific Cannery in Port Edward, the oldest surviving cannery on
the coast - well worth a visit.
Ferries from the harbour take visitors up the coast to ports on
the Alaska panhandle and north, and across the Hecate Strait to
the breathtaking islands of Haida Gwaii.
Carving on the coastal road between Skidegate and Tlell
They lie on
the edge of the province's collective memory like a dream scarce
remembered, mythical and elusive, full of meaning and beauty, yet
incomprehensible to the waking mind. Impossible not to marvel at,
and revel in, this is Haida
Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), arguably one of the most beautiful
and diverse landscapes in the world.
Two islands, Graham to the north and Morseby to the south, comprise
the majority of the land mass. From the Skidegate terminal on Graham
Island, another 20-minute ferry ride takes you to Alliford
Bay on Moresby Island, where the spectacular Gwaii Haanas,
or "place of wonder," truly lives up to its ancient name. Alliford
Bay is 15 km (9 miles) south of Sandspit and the airport.
There are 1,884 islands in Haida Gwaii, a mixture of snow-top mountains
and fiords that plunge into the sea, mist-enshrouded forests and
windswept sandy beaches.
Today, Haida Gwaii is less populated at 6,000 people than they were
a century ago when Haida communities thrived along the shores. In
the 18th and 19th centuries the area was a thriving fur trading
centre, as the Europeans arrived in huge sailing ships to trade
in the Haida villages.
The ferry lands at Skidegate,
dropping visitors at the midpoint of the island. Lush, primordial
rainforest and virgin beaches that change with every tide or storm,
this is a naturalist's paradise. All kinds of boating, kayaking,
diving, hiking, exploring adventures and excellent fresh and saltwater
fishing await the curious.
Haida culture and history are rich here. From the past, visit old
villages and sacred sites and, from the present, tour museums and
galleries showcasing the works of internationally renowned native