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Old 01-10-2018, 09:47 PM   #1
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Haida Gwaii Haanas

Hopefully, we'll get away for a new months this summer, and I would like to visit the National Park on Haida Gwaii. In looking at the Park information, they restrict the number of folks entering the park, but I am curious if anyone has experience with anchorages, both west coast and east coast. Any tips will be appreciated from those familiar with the area.

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Yes. We were there this past summer.

Pamís blog...

https://phoenixhunter1985.blogspot.c...&by-date=false

Our Garmin Mapshare...

https://share.garmin.com/JamesCave

Gwaii Haanas trip planner...

http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/images/up..._Eng_Email.pdf

Parks Canada...

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/gwa...t/reservations


Iíll pm you with my email,and phone contacts. I also have some PDFs of some material. NB, the Douglass book is very out of date.

Jim
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Yes. We were there this past summer.

Pamís blog...

https://phoenixhunter1985.blogspot.c...&by-date=false

Our Garmin Mapshare...

https://share.garmin.com/JamesCave

Gwaii Haanas trip planner...

http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/images/up..._Eng_Email.pdf

Parks Canada...

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/gwa...t/reservations


Iíll pm you with my email,and phone contacts. I also have some PDFs of some material. NB, the Douglass book is very out of date.

Jim
Wonderful Jim, thank you.
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Haida Gwaii, Gwaii Haanas

We were in the Park for a month in 2016. Getting the permit was not an issue and we requested a permit for 6 weeks, which was no problem (apply now!). Mostly we had anchorages to ourselves and sometimes not. Outside the Park there are anchorages about 2 hr apart on the west coast. But the east coast has none for a very long stretch (Skidegate to Masset).

There can be bottlenecks at the two water stations within the Park. And sometimes at the haida Watchman cabins; Tanu, Windy Bay and Skung Gwaii (Anthony Island) are the busiest but all worth the wait.

There is fuel in Queen Charlotte and in Sandspit but none to the south of Sandspit. We topped up in Sandspit and then had plenty, including for the run back from Rose Harbour to Bella Bella. There is road access to Moresby Camp (south of Sandspit) and if you have to pick up visitors this is the best spot; arrange for a taxi from Sandspit.

Rounding Cape St. James is sort of a "right of passage" as it is the location of the highest ever winds measured in Canada (and then the wind gauge blew away).

The CCG has VHF repeaters in the Park so complete CCG coverage (these also have the Weather Channel so you can pick up all the nearby buoy data). Weather predictions are in the "fair" category. there is no cell once you are south of Cumshewa island (S of Sandspit).
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We were in the Park for a month in 2016. Getting the permit was not an issue and we requested a permit for 6 weeks, which was no problem (apply now!). Mostly we had anchorages to ourselves and sometimes not. Outside the Park there are anchorages about 2 hr apart on the west coast. But the east coast has none for a very long stretch (Skidegate to Masset).

There can be bottlenecks at the two water stations within the Park. And sometimes at the haida Watchman cabins; Tanu, Windy Bay and Skung Gwaii (Anthony Island) are the busiest but all worth the wait.

There is fuel in Queen Charlotte and in Sandspit but none to the south of Sandspit. We topped up in Sandspit and then had plenty, including for the run back from Rose Harbour to Bella Bella. There is road access to Moresby Camp (south of Sandspit) and if you have to pick up visitors this is the best spot; arrange for a taxi from Sandspit.

Rounding Cape St. James is sort of a "right of passage" as it is the location of the highest ever winds measured in Canada (and then the wind gauge blew away).

The CCG has VHF repeaters in the Park so complete CCG coverage (these also have the Weather Channel so you can pick up all the nearby buoy data). Weather predictions are in the "fair" category. there is no cell once you are south of Cumshewa island (S of Sandspit).
Thanks John! We're pretty self-contained fuel and water wise, so we should be fine there. What month did you visit? JDCave was very kind in providing me with their logs and observations, so getting experienced advice is really appreciated.
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We were there in July in 2016. My wife works as naturalist on both Maple Leaf schooner and tug Swell, so she knows the Park really well. She lived in Queen Charlotte for quite a long time (15 yr) so knows the islands. We spent a week in Charlotte before going down to the Park; the anchorage in front of town is very convenient.

Unforgettable trip.

Happy to share more background if you send me a PM.
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