Sandspit Village, Moresby Island
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
Village is located on Moresby Island, which is part of
the Haida Gwaii Islands Archipelago. The village is the "Gateway
to Gwaii Haanas"
and is perched on Spit Point which is wedged in-between two beaches
- Shingle Bay Beach to the west and Shell Beach to the south-east.
The small community on Moresby Island is separated
from nearby Graham Island by Skidegate Channel and Skidegate Inlet.
On a clear day, from the shores of Sandspit,
one can see the villages of Skidegate and Queen Charlotte from
across the channel.
The skyline on Moresby Island is capped by the
1,123 metre peak of Mount de la Toucheto of the San Christoval
Mountain Range. The forests of the area, once massive old growth
trees, is now mainly 1st and 2nd growth mountain and western hemlock,
cedar, pine, sitka spruce, yellow cedar and alder trees.
Sandspit, BC is small and
is located next to the main airport servicing the Haida Gwaii Islands, British Columbia. The local village mall, just down the street, has a grocery
store, liquor store, ATM and nearby gas station. There are various
accommodations on Moresby, plus a few restaurants and a few art
galleries to view.
The art galleries and art studios throughout Haida Gwaii have carvings of Totem Poles, wildlife, jewelry
and masks made of a rare rock called black argillite. A rock found
only on these beautiful islands.
Sandspit's history is the Haida people. As far
back as 10,000 years the Haida have lived on the remote island.
The first European settlers arriving to Sandspit established farms
and ranches around the grassy flats. The Sandspit community and
housing, then became a World War II base. Today the homes are
used by the local residents.
The island has less then 30 km (18 mi.) of paved
road. Most of which is around Sandspit Village and leading to
Alliford Bay BC Ferry. The rest of the 40-50 km (20 -25 mi.) of
road is active gravel logging roads.
There is a beautiful drive that is referred to
as the Sandspit Loop, which explores most of
the accessible parts of the island by car via paved and gravel
roads. The rest of the island, the parks and the ancient Haida
Villages, are further south and only accessed by boat, helicopter
or floatplane tours.
Much of the southern Queen Charlottes is sacred
Haida land with ancient abandoned villages throughout. All visitors
must have permission to access this part of the islands from the
Haida First Nation People or be part of one of the tour groups
visiting the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and ancient villages
like Gado, Hadjilta or Skwai.
Sandspit, Haida Gwaii,
is a popular destination for people seeking wilderness adventures
such as beach combing , sports fishing, crabbing, bird watching,
rock hounding, wilderness camping, boating, photography, sight-seeing,
hiking, sea kayaking, canoeing and golfing.
Exploring Sandspit, South Moresby Island