Ferry traffic rebounds

  • Jan. 10, 2014 12:00 p.m.

With just three months to go before the new reduced ferry schedules take effect, traffic continues to rebound on both of the Haida Gwaii routes. Statistics for December 2013 show a 10 percent increase in vehicle traffic and a 9 percent increase in passengers on the Skidegate-Prince Rupert route. A total of 787 vehicles and 1,971 passengers made the seven-hour sailing across Hecate Strait this past December, compared to 716 vehicles and 1,808 passengers in December 2012. On the Skidegate-Alliford Bay route, which was served by a tug and barge in December while the Kwuna was away for a major refit, vehicle traffic was up by 11 percent and the number of passengers climbed by 13 percent. A total of 2,926 vehicles and 5,590 passengers travelled the 20-minute route connecting Moresby and Graham Islands in December 2013, compared to 2,629 vehicles and 4,933 passengers in December 2012.