Ferry statistics: the bad news continues

  • Aug. 10, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Ferry traffic on Haida Gwaii has not recovered from last summer’s steep decline and in most cases, the numbers have slipped even further, according to the latest statistics from BC Ferries. The only exception to the downward trend is the number of vehicles travelling between Prince Rupert and Skidegate, which was up by 27 this July, with 2,217 vehicles making the trip in July 2012 compared to 2,190 in July 2011. But the slightly higher number of vehicles did not reflect increased passengers, and does not make up for the drop in vehicle traffic between 2011 and 2010. The number of passengers making the Hecate Strait crossing, at 6,261, was down 4 percent this July compared to last July, and down 14 percent from July 2010, when 7,303 passengers made the trip. On the Kwuna route, which also experienced big declines last year, the number of passengers this July was only slightly less than last July (10,790 vs. 10,868), but down 10 percent from 2010. The number of vehicles was down 4 percent for this July, and down 12 percent when compared to 2010 numbers. So far this year, Kwuna traffic is down about 10 percent and Rupert-Skidegate traffic is about the same – vehicle numbers are up by a small percentage, while passenger numbers are down by slightly more.