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Old 06-21-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
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I am planning on taking a trip to Haida Gwaii. Has anybody hauled their trailer over? We know it is expensive, but I thought if we stayed 2 weeks the cost would be offset by the cost saved by not having to rent accommodation there. Interested if anyone has hauled their trailer over. Also, I would like to know what activities that you did there.
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:57 PM   #2
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For those, like myself who never heard of the place- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haida_Gwaii
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:24 PM   #3
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For those, like myself who never heard of the place- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haida_Gwaii
To us they're still the Queen Charlottes. We're slow to adapt to new politically correct names.

Don't know about the trailer for 2 weeks. I think that there's a balance point somewhere in the time you spend there and if it would be better to stay in a motel. Also, some of the main sites, like Ninstints and Hot Springs Island are only accessible by boat and you might have to do some of your sightseeing by tours.

We were lucky because we sailed our own boat there and could get to see the water only access places.

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Old 06-21-2018, 08:40 PM   #4
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To us they're still the Queen Charlottes. We're slow to adapt to new politically correct names.
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We're with you on that one, Ron. It's always going to be the Queen Charlotte Islands to us. Lived there for three years before there was any ferry. You don't want to know what it cost back then to get a vehicle on/off the islands.

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Old 06-21-2018, 09:54 PM   #5
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To us they're still the Queen Charlottes. We're slow to adapt to new politically correct names.

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I wonder what the natives thought when the name was changed to the Queen Charlottes. But maybe they, too, were slow to adapt to new politically correct names.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:12 PM   #6
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I wonder what the natives thought when the name was changed to the Queen Charlottes. But maybe they, too, were slow to adapt to new politically correct names.
Saw an interesting poster a while ago, on it was a picture that was obviously taken sometime in the 1800's. The picture was of a number of Native Americans heavily armed with an assortment of guns, and underneath it read "Homeland Security". Rather telling I thought.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:28 PM   #7
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Went there on assignment some 45 years ago. My memory is the engine block and the truck tires on the beach at Masset when the tide when out. Reporter and I had rooms above the bar in a motel with a view of the beach - if you turned it 90 degrees. The carpet was decorated with blood stains.
Hey, that was the early '70s.

Lots of tourists are attracted to it these days.
About ten years ago, I was assigned to make another week long trip to Haida Gwai. I agreed to go, but told the editor I intended to put in my overtime.

On the way to the airport for the flight, another editor called me and said not to get on the plane. I wasn't going she said.

Then the photo assignment editor called me and diverted me to cover Puppetry of the Penis press conference.
I was relieved that I didn't have to spend a week in the drizzle and mist of Haida Gwai. I would get to go home and mow my lawn.


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I was standing on the dock in QCC and, because of the low hanging cloud, said to a local guy "looks like rain". Nope he said, it looks like that all the time, doesn't mean that it's going to rain.

My dad worked up there in the 60's. He started collecting Davidson argillite carvings when they were quite inexpensive.

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On topic, I also turned down a trip to Sweden to cover some hockey players and a trip to China, where I'd spend my time in high rise offices, interviewing men in suits for the business pages.

My lawn needed mowing.
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:32 AM   #10
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We've never been to Haida Gwaii but have heard many great stories of friends and fellow travelers that have visited- the farther north you go the more time slows down/doesn't matter, we've heard a few times. My experience with BC Ferries is that you do have to plan longer trips to make it worth it financially to take the trailer- we do save on meals as we don't eat out when we have the trailer. Check out the sailings/routes that have savings per foot for RVs- there's a few per week. Also if it suits you, check out BC Ferries Vacations- they combine ferry fares with accommodation and are often much cheaper than paying for each portion of the trip individually- you might find this considerably cheaper than taking the trailer if this is an option you want to explore. Enjoy your trip!
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