Tide Tables and Marine Charts

Tide Tables


Sandstar © Parks Canada / M. Stronge

Tide tables are essential for exploring Gwaii Haanas. Booklets published annually by the Hydrographic Service provide instructions on the use of tables to determine daily tides (time and height) for specific locations.

For Haida Gwaii/the Queen Charlotte Islands you should obtain:

Learn to read tide tables before travelling in Gwaii Haanas. Tide tables provide information on the time and height of the tide. It's important to remember there are factors that can increase the effects of the tides, such as your location and storms.

On the islands, tide tables are available at the following locations:

  • Queen Charlotte City: Meegan's Store
  • Port Clements: Resource Management Services
  • Masset: North Coast Supply
  • Sandspit: Visitor Centre

Check the tides online: www.tides.gc.ca


Marine Charts

Up-to-date charts at the largest scale are indispensable in this area. The charts listed here cover the most frequently travelled part of Gwaii Haanas (east coast and south end).

AREANUMBERSCALE
Houston Stewart Channel 3855 1:20,000
Selwyn Inlet-Lawn Point 3894 1:73,026
Atli Inlet-Selwyn Inlet 3807 1:37,500
Juan Perez Sound 3808 1:37,500
Carpenter Bay- Burnaby Island 3809 1:37,500
Houston Stewart Channel/ Cape St. James 3825 1:40,000
Cape St. James/Cumshewa and Tasu ** 3853 1:150,000

Chart 3853 provides a useful view of the entire Gwaii Haanas area and its upperreaches but the scale is not suitable for navigation.


A boat in the ocean
© Parks Canada / Neil Osborne

For a complete list of charts for Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands and the rest of the BC Coast, check the Canadian Hydrographic Services (Pacific Region) website: www.charts.gc.ca

There is a lot of other good information at this site, including chart prices and lists of authorized dealers in Canada, the USA and other countries.

Charts can be purchased directly from:

Canadian Hydrographic Service
Institute of Oceans Sciences
Box 6000
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2
Phone: 1-250-363-6358
Fax: 1-250-363-6841
Email: chartsales@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca


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