Travel to Haida Gwaii down through first half of 2014

The number of people sailing to Haida Gwaii on BC Ferries has dropped off during the first half of the year.

While ridership on the Inside Passage is up, the number of people sailing to Haida Gwaii on BC Ferries has dropped off during the first half of the year.

Stats posted by BC Ferries show a total of 8,096 passengers have made the trip between Prince Rupert and Skidegate compared to 8,916 during the first half of 2013, a drop of 820 passengers equal to 9.5 per cent. The number of vehicles heading to the island also dropped, but not as sharply. In the first half of 2014 there were 3,373 vehicles sailing Hecate Strait compared to 3,610 last year, a drop of 237 equal to 6.57 per cent.

However, during the month of June itself, ridership increased 0.1 per cent year-over-year.

On the Inside Passage, meanwhile, the number of passengers has increased 1.66 per cent from 8,195 at the end of June 2013 to 8,331 this year, a jump of 136. Vehicle traffic has also increased. At the end of last June a total of 2,643 vehicles made the trip to Port Hardy while 2,722 vehicles have made that same trip this year, an increase of 79 vehicles equal to 2.99 per cent.