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Lack of information on ferry schedule concerning as summer approaches

As the calendar turns from February to March, what travel to Haida Gwaii will look like this summer remains a mystery.

That has Masset Mayor Andrew Merilees concerned.

"We have no indication where it is heading ... we have not heard anything from Transportation Minister Todd Stone and I am not very optimistic our concerns are being heard or addressed," he said, noting the lack of a schedule is having an impact across the islands.

"It is hurting all of the bookings on Haida Gwaii. It's hurting the campgrounds and the European tour traffic. Until we have a schedule firmly in place, people are going to be reluctant to come here, to the end of the road, if they can't guarantee they will get on the ferry ... as every day gets closer to the summer season without a schedule or a source of reliable information, it is more and more likely it is going to hurt businesses on Haida Gwaii."

A group of ferry advisory chairs did travel to Victoria to discuss concerns around the ferry reduction. While not on the trip, Merilees said nothing has come from the trip.

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