For those of you contemplating a roadtrip to Haida Gwaii – Here is our itinerary and what we spent on the trip!
12 days, 2700KM, and about $2590!
Day One: 583 KM Victoria to Greeny Lake Rec Site
Day Two: 725KM Greeny Lake Rec Site to Smithers Municipal Campground
Day Three: 348KM Smithers to Prince Rupert. Boarded the 10pm ferry for Skidegate.
Day Four: 125KM Skidegate to Tow Hill
Day Five: 88.8 KM Tow Hill to Tlell (Misty Meadows Campground)
Day Six: 72KM Hiked the Pesuta Trail, then drove from Tlell to Haida Museum and back
Day Seven: 116KM Tlell to Golden Spruce Trail (44KM return), paddled the Yakoun River and then drove to Mosquito Lake on Moresby Island (72KM)
Day Eight: 44km Swam and paddled Mosquito Lake for the day, then drove from Mosquito Lake rec site to Kagan Bay Rec Site
Day Nine: 102km Hiked part of the Sleeping Beauty trail, then drove from Kagan Bay to Tlell (and back) (Went for espresso and the farmers market)
Day Ten: 11km + ferry Kagan Bay to Prince Rupert (10am ferry, arrived at 5pm)
Day Eleven: Prince Rupert to Port Hardy (8am ferry, arrived at 11:00pm – Inside Passage Ferry)
Day Twelve: 497KM Port Hardy to Victoria
We could have saved some money if we had decided to drive back home – but we figured it may be a once-in-a-lifetime trip – so we took the inside passage ferry back, which saved us a bunch of driving time…but cost us $1054. We also learned that if you have a flexible schedule – the ferries can often accommodate about 12 standby vehicles. (For the 8pm ferry, you’d want to be there mid-afternoon) So we could have saved a few hundred bucks in reservation fees.
Victoria to Tsawwassen: $89.20
Graham Island to Moresby Island (Return): $43.90
Prince Rupert to Skidegate (Return): $616.30
Prince Rupert to Port Hardy: $1054.15
Camping: $90 ( A lot of rec sites were free!)
Food: $180 (Groceries) + 2 dinners out in Prince Rupert
Misc: $35.96 (camp fuel, sunscreen etc.)