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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands > Sandspit

Sandspit
Sandspit is located across Skidegate Inlet on the northern tip of Moresby Island about 32 km (20 miles) south-east from Queen Charlotte City.

Sandspit's History
The settlement of people dates back to when the Haida Village of Kil was situated just east of Haans Creek 3.5 (2 miles) from Sandspit. Early in the 1900's, the community later developed in its present location with a fish oil processing plant, a fish cannery, ranching, forestry, and farming being established. In 1944, Pacific Mills established here and settlement grew even more with the influx of more people and commercial enterprises.

Moresby Island
Sandspit has since been the centre for transportation and logging operations in the rich forested areas found towards the south of Moresby Island. Today Sandspit not only assists the forest service industry but also now serves as the eco-tourism destination point for exploring the remoteness and beauty found on Moresby Island.

Vehicle Travel to Sandspit
To get to Sandspit, if you are driving a vehicle, take the BC Ferries scheduled sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island. Once at Skidegate Landing you have to travel aboard another BC Ferries over to Alliford Bay, Sandspit is about a 15-minute drive east from the ferry terminal.

Coming to Sandspit by Airplane
There are flights offered by Air Canada Jazz that leave from Vancouver International Airport and travel directly to Sandspit. One other carrier, North Pacific Seaplanes out of Prince Rupert, offer service but unfortunately only by seaplane.

Logger Sports Days
A good time for you to visit Sandspit is usually in early July when Logger Sports Days take place. The events include logger competition in the sport of axe throwing, pole climbing, chocker setting and sawing. Logger Sports Days also include food booths, souvenirs and concessions, all followed by an evening dinner and dance.

Coho Salmon Derby
The annual Coho Salmon Derby also occurs in Sandspit during the month of September when the fish return to spawn. This event is a great way to enjoy the superb fishing that the Sandspit area water has to offer over a period of two weekends. Afterwards when the Sandspit fish derby is over, it is followed by the famous Coho Derby Dance.

Willows Golf Course
For golfers there is the Willows Golf Course, which is designed on one of the original homesteads in Sandspit. The course plays through natural forest terrain and beautiful oceanfront with rock outcrops. The Willows Golf Course features a small restaurant and is located at 342 Copper Bay Road.

  • Telephone (250) 637-2388

Louise Dover Memorial Trail
If you would like to go for a walk in Sandspit through some old-growth forest, try the challenging Dover Memorial Trail. Named after Louise Dover, a long-time Sandspit woman of Haida ancestry, the trail starts near Haans Creek Bridge and takes approximately three hours to complete one way.

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
Just south of Sandspit, you find access to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve where you can find ocean kayaking at its very best. You will experience the British Columbian version of the Galapagos Islands in this culturally rich land of the Haida Gwaii. Unfortunately there is no road access into Gwaii Haanas National Park from Sandspit and it has to be entered into by boat, tour or by seaplane.

Moresby Camp
To get into Gwaii Haanas, the usual entry point is from the old-abandoned logging site and staging area found at Moresby Camp. Situated south-west from Sandspit on a gravel road, Moresby Camp is located on Cumshewa Inlet near Louise Island and is only 50 km (30) miles to the northern border of Gwaii Haanas by Tanu and Lyell Islands. Several commercial guiding operations can be arranged for hire using either kayaks or a seaplane into the park.

Queen Charlotte City
Queen Charlotte City, the main centre for the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands, sits across Moresby Strait from Sandspit on Bearskin Bay. Over in Queen Charlotte City you can find most services including service stations, grocery stores, a number of cafés including a Chinese food restaurant and Howler's neighbourhood pub.

Skidegate
From Queen Charlotte City, take the short 9 km (6 miles) trip to Skidegate and visit the cultural centre found at the Haida Gwaii Museum in Qay'llnagaay. From Skidegate there is a beautiful southerly view across Rooney Bay Skidegate Inlet towards Sandspit.

Sandspit Harbour Inn
For accommodation there are the Sandspit Harbour Inn found at 537 Alliford Bay Road. The Sandspit Harbour Inn offers entertainment found at the pub, kitchen suites and other rooms overlooking the harbour, some featuring hot tubs.

501 RV/Tent Park
For RV camping there is the 501 RV/Tent Park which offers both 15 and 30 amp sites plus some other tenting sites are available. 501 RV/Tent Park is conveniently located across the beach on the way into Sandspit on Alliford Bay Road.

  • Telephone: (250) 637-5473

Forestry Roads
If you are venturing out, just remember there are only 30 km (19 miles) of public roads on Moresby Island. All the other roads that are on Moresby Island are operated and maintained by private logging companies. So please watch for heavy equipment and obey any posted safety signs and drive with your lights on.

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