Ferry advisory committee chair responds to revised Haida Gwaii schedule

The chair of the North and Central Coast Ferry Advisory Committee said cuts to the Skidegate route aren't as bad as could have been.

The chair of the North and Central Coast Ferry Advisory Committee said the cuts to the Prince Rupert/Skidegate route aren’t as bad as they could have been.

“Considering the cuts the province has mandated, BC Ferries has done a good job of trying to make the schedules make sense and make sure the connections work. It could have been worse, but it could have been a heck of a lot better,” said Evan Putterill.

Putterill said cuts to the Inside Passage will be felt throughout the province’s tourism sector, and adding stops in smaller communities to the summer sailings could reduce the amount of tourists on the ships

“It’s great for the smaller communities, but it does increase the amount of time. It’s hard to say what impact that will have on visitor experience,” he said, adding reductions to the Prince Rupert/Skidegate sailing will also impact tourism in Haida Gwaii.

“A lot of the travellers that are taking the ferries are in their vehicles doing long trips. Coming to Haida Gwaii is something they want to do, but if they have to stay longer at the sacrifice of other places they want to visit, [we might] see a decrease.”