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Offline geegee

Haida Gwaii
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:06:23 pm »
Has anyone here cycled Haida Gwaii? I'm contemplating doing my second trans-Canada trip and I would like to begin from these islands. Ideally, I'd like to start off from kilometre 0 of the Yellowhead Highway in Masset, but the airport is in Sandspit (YZP) at the other end near the ferry to the mainland. I could either ride north to Masset and catch a hitch back to the ferry, or take a bus and ride from Masset to the ferry. Are the prevailing winds here the same as the rest of the Pacific coast, from north to south? Any other tips or experiences worth sharing would be appreciated.

Offline jamawani

Re: Haida Gwaii
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013, 02:32:33 pm »
The North Pacific Cyclonic pattern moves north during the summer months, but the further north you are the more likely you are to encounter its wind/precipitation pattern.  In summer, it is entirely absent in California, rare in Oregon & Wash, but fairly common in Northern BC.  During unsettled weather anywhere on the Pacific coast in any season, wind direction tends to be from the southeast.  In dry, sunny weather, wind tends to come from the northwest.

The prevailing wind for Sandspit is from the southeast with an average velocity of about 20 kph.
Environment Canada:
http://www.climate.weatheroffice.gc.ca/climate_normals/results_e.html?stnID=367&lang=e&dCode=1&province=BC&provBut=Search&month1=0&month2=12

Offline janetanorth

Re: Haida Gwaii
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 11:10:18 pm »
I sent some touring motorcyclists there on their alaska-to-Argentina trip, they loved it.
Would recommend you're ready for fire road type conditions, be fully self-contained.
Enjoy-i cycled prince of wales island in SE alaska, very closely related.
Cheers,
Janet