Traffic up on Northern Adventure, down on Kwuna

  • Jul. 25, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The number of vehicles travelling between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert increased this June, despite a reduction in the number of sailings. The latest statistics from BC Ferries show that 1,475 vehicles took the Northern Adventure across Hecate Strait in June 2014, compared to 1,427 in June 2013, a 3 percent increase. The number of passengers was almost exactly the same, with 3,815 travelling this past June, and 3,811 the previous June. June marked the second month of reduced ferry service, with two sailings a week for the first part of June, increasing to five sailings a week by the end of the month. In previous years, the Hecate Strait route had a minimum of three sailings a week increasing to six during the summer months. Traffic dropped significantly on the Skidegate-Alliford Bay route, which has also seen a reduction in sailings. A total of 3,649 vehicles took the Kwuna in June 2014, down more than 15 percent from 4,324 vehicles the previous June. The number of passengers slipped 12 percent, to 7,996 from 9,117.

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