Monday, 19 October 2015

Your Choice of Scenic Route: Getting to Masset from the Mainland

Float plane. Photo credit: Owen Perry
Photo by Owen Perry

One of the bonuses of booking a fishing adventure with Escott Sportsfishing is the opportunity to stay on Haida Gwaii, a stunning chain of more than 150 islands along the coast of British Columbia. Escott Lodge is built upon on the shores of Delkatla Inlet in Masset, BC, established on the largest island in the Haida Gwaii: Graham Island.

A global destination for ecotourists, outdoors adventurers, and wildlife enthusiasts, Masset, Graham Island, and the rest of Haida Gwaii are home to stunning landscapes and a rich variety of wildlife—including the mighty salmon.

There are three ways to get to the village of Masset from the mainland:

1. Airplane Visitors leaving from Vancouver can fly direct to Masset Airport (which has a 5,000-foot paved runway) by charter airplane or on one of Pacific Coastal Airlines regularly scheduled flights. The airport is located 3 km from the village centre, with taxis or rental cars available. Another option is to travel from Vancouver via Air Canada to Sandspit Airport, located on the more southerly island of Moresby. Masset is about a three-hour drive north, following a 20-minute ferry ride to jump islands.

Haida Gwaii islands. Photo credits: Owen Perry
Photo by Owen Perry
2. Floatplane For guests arriving from central BC, daily seaplane flights are available from Prince Rupert to Masset with Inland Air Charters. The hour-long flight will not only get you some spectacular views, but will conveniently land you in Masset Harbour.

 3. BC Ferries For those travelling by car or wanting to take the ultimate scenic route, BC Ferries docks in Skidegate, on the southernmost part of Graham Island. There are direct routes from Prince Rupert and connectors from Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island), with both overnight and daytime sailings available. During summer, early booking is advised, as these crossings are often filled to capacity. The drive from Skidegate to Escott’s Haida Gwaii lodge at Masset is just over 100 km.