Ferry cuts to hit Haida Gwaii hard

  • Nov. 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Ferry service reductions announced this morning by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will hit Haida Gwaii particularly hard. The cuts will take effect in April 2014. The Skidegate-Prince Rupert route will be cut by 52 sailings a year. That equates to one sailing a week, more than 25 percent of the 191 sailings a year now on the schedule. The Skidegate-Alliford Bay schedule, which connects Sandspit with the rest of Haida Gwaii, will be reduced by almost 35 percent, with 1,564 annual sailings cut. There is no information right now about exactly which sailings will be cut, only the number of sailings. The cuts to the Skidegate-Rupert route are expected to save $1.9 million a year, while the Kwuna cuts will save an estimated $1.2 million. We will bring you more details as we get them.