Travelling to Haida Gwaii

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

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

Trip planning help can be found at which has several useful tools to help you plan your visit, including Tadswii’ Kaats’ii hla - Haida Gwaii Trip Planner, which is published annually. Community visitor centres are located in:

Tourism Links

Travelling by air

Air Canada

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

Phone: 1-888-247-2262 External link:

Pacific Coastal Airways

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

Phone:1-800-663-2872 Email: External link: Pacific Coastal website

Inland Air Charters Ltd.

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

Phone:1-888-624-2577 Email: External link: Inland Air website

Travelling by sea

BC Ferries

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

Phone:1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)

Via Rail

Via Rail offers train service to Prince Rupert.

External link: Via Rail website

Small Craft Harbours

Facilities for recreational and commercial vessels are available in Daajing Giids, Sandspit, and Masset. Facilities include pay phones, electrical hookups and fresh water. Sandspit Harbour has a holding tank, pumpout station and showers.

Daajing Giids Harbour

Small Craft Harbours Branch

Phone:250-559-4650 External link: Daajing Giids Harbour website

Sandspit Harbour

Box 477, Sandspit, BC V0T 1T0

Phone:250-637-5700 External link: Sandspit Harbour website

Masset Harbour Authority


Boat Launch

The closest boat launch to Gwaii Haanas is at Moresby Camp in Cumshewa Inlet, Moresby Island. Moresby Camp is a recreational site with campsites, a shelter, and interpretive displays; it is accessible by rough logging road. Check with the visitor centres in Sandspit, Daajing Giids for detailed instructions on times and procedures for travelling on active logging roads. Always drive with your headlights on.


  • There are no fuelling stations available in Gwaii Haanas. You must be self-sufficient.
  • Many areas in Gwaii Haanas pose a hazard to boaters and kayakers. Use extreme caution when travelling around exposed  headlands. There are often strong tidal currents, swells, and winds.
  • Watch the water depth carefully as you explore bays and heads of inlets, as many are shallow and rocky.
  • Unless you are a very experienced mariner and are familiar with these waters, avoid the west coast of Gwaii Haanas. It is exposed, not fully charted and contains few sheltered anchorages.

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, Skidegate, Tlell, Port Clements, Masset and Old Massett are located on Graham Island. Sandspit and 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, see the list of licensed tour operators.

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