Travel connections a concern in Sandspit

  • Dec. 9, 2011 5:00 p.m.

The Moresby Island Management Committee will be getting in touch with other local governments and band councils on the islands to see if they share Sandspit’s concerns about travel connections. Committee members voted to talk to other islanders Dec. 8 after a discussion about the difficulties facing people trying to get to or from Haida Gwaii by ferry and train. Emmy O’Gorman said she had just recently discovered that it’s impossible to easily connect with Haida Gwaii when travelling by Via Rail. The train, which picks up passengers from Alberta, Prince George, and the towns of northwestern BC, arrives in Prince Rupert at 9 pm Thursdays. The next available ferry for Haida Gwaii doesn’t leave until Sunday night, she said – meaning a three-night stay in Rupert for any potential tourists. Ms O’Gorman said this is likely a barrier to anyone considering a visit to the islands, and she would like to see it changed. “In most countries they would never dream of this,” she said. “I think we need to address it.” Committee members agreed, and raised a few more concerns about travel connections. There’s the fact that passengers travelling from Haida Gwaii and then onto Vancouver Island by ferry are forced to get off the ferry in Prince Rupert, said Evan Putterill. Sandspit residents also face challenges connecting with the Kwuna ferry when travelling to or from Prince Rupert at times.

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