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
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).
|Houston Stewart Channel
|Selwyn Inlet-Lawn Point
|Atli Inlet-Selwyn Inlet
|Juan Perez Sound
|Carpenter Bay- Burnaby Island
|Houston Stewart Channel/ Cape St. James
|Cape St. James/Cumshewa and Tasu **
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
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2
Sailing directions are the indispensable companions to charts. Sailing directions is a great tool for planning and assisting in navigation because they provide information that cannot be shown on a chart.
Available for purchase from an authorized chart dealer.