Description of Sandspit, Queen Charlotte Islands

The only town on Moresby Island, Sandspit (pop. 570) is located next to the main airport that services the Queen Charlotte Islands. The nearby village mall offers a grocery store, liquor store, ATM and nearby gas station. Shopping is limited to several art galleries.

Sandspit can trace its history to the ancient Haida Village of Kil located east of Haans Creek.  The present community of Sandspit dates back to around 1900, when ranchers and settlers settled near the grassy flats of the spit. One of the first industries in 1910 was a dogfish oilery, followed by a fish cannery in 1913. In 1945, the Canadian Air Force built an airport for a seaplane base at Sandspit and officers based in Sandspit began constructing cabins along the beach at Sachs Creek. After the base closed in 1954, Transport Canada claimed the airport. The cabins were relocated to Sandspit to provide housing for the town’s residents.

Over the course of the next 10 years a handful of familiessettled in the area and a school was opened. After Pacific Mills (now Timber West Forest Ltd.) moved into the area in 1944 more settlers arrived.

The island has about 30 kilometers of paved road most of which is around Sandspit Village between the village and Alliford Bay BC Ferry. There is also between 40-50 kilometers of active logging roads. Both road systems encompass the Sandspit Loop, a scenic drive that winds through the accessible parts of the island. The rest of the island, the parks and the ancient Haida Villages, are further south and only accessed by boat, including kayak, helicopter or floatplane tours.

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North America: 1.800.255.5057 - UK: 0.800.051.6364 - Australia: 1.800.143.454

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Saturday, February 16 2019

Here in Victoria the snow is dissipating which we hope is a sign that spring is around the corner. While many others remain locked in winter's grasp, most everyone (except for the die-hard skiers) are thinking of warmer weather. And from my corner of the world, this translates to kayak vacations. In particular, our trips to Haida Gwaii, Johnstone Strait and Broken Group are gathering speed, with a number of departures sold out and some others having one or two seats remaining. Please use our search engine to select a date and trip - if the departure you want is booked please let me know.  If the demand is there, I might be able to put on another departure. 

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