Getting Here

Visitors to Haida Gwaii – and Gwaii Haanas – most often arrive by ferry or flight.

BY FLIGHTNorth American Bald Eagle flying, Gwaii Haanas, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands

There are daily flights to the islands from both Vancouver and Prince Rupert. For schedules and fares please check the following carriers:

Air Canada Jazz flies twice daily during the summer months from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Sandspit International Airport (YZP).

Pacific Coastal Airlines flies daily between Vancouver’s South Terminal and the Masset Municipal Airport.

Inland Air flies from their base in Prince Rupert to the Masset Municipal Marina.

Eagle Cabs (250-559-4461) offers a shuttle service from the Sandspit Airport to the Village of Queen Charlotte and/or Skidegate. Mile Zero Taxi (250-637-5655) offers service in the Masset area.


BC Ferries also provides regular scheduled sailings to Haida Gwaii from Prince Rupert year round. Connector service is available in Prince Rupert for the Inside Passage route to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island or north with Alaska’s Marine Ferry System.


There is no public transit on the islands so many visitors either rent a car or hitchhike (there is only one main road!). If you wish to rent a car, there are a few options:

Budget Rental Cars Sandspit 250-637-5688
Queen Charlotte 250-559-4641
National Tilden Masset 250-626-3833
Island Auto Rentals Queen Charlotte 250-559-4118


Accommodation options are available in all island communities (see our Links page). Please note that you will need to stay in the Village of Queen Charlotte the nights before and after your trip. Depending on whether you are on a north or southbound trip, you will make your way to/from the seaplane dock or we will pick you up around 7:45am on your first day and will drop you off at the end of your trip wherever you are staying in Queen Charlotte.


You will also find links to other tourism websites, including the Queen Charlotte Visitor Information Centre, on our Links page. These sites have additional useful trip planning resources.

If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact us and we are happy to provide local suggestions about how to best organize the front and back ends of your trip.