Lack of information on ferry schedule concerning as summer approaches

As the calendar turns from February to March, what travel to Haida Gwaii will look like this summer remains a mystery.

As the calendar turns from February to March, what travel to Haida Gwaii will look like this summer remains a mystery.

That has Masset Mayor Andrew Merilees concerned.

“We have no indication where it is heading … we have not heard anything from Transportation Minister Todd Stone and I am not very optimistic our concerns are being heard or addressed,” he said, noting the lack of a schedule is having an impact across the islands.

“It is hurting all of the bookings on Haida Gwaii. It’s hurting the campgrounds and the European tour traffic. Until we have a schedule firmly in place, people are going to be reluctant to come here, to the end of the road, if they can’t guarantee they will get on the ferry … as every day gets closer to the summer season without a schedule or a source of reliable information, it is more and more likely it is going to hurt businesses on Haida Gwaii.”

A group of ferry advisory chairs did travel to Victoria to discuss concerns around the ferry reduction. While not on the trip, Merilees said nothing has come from the trip.