Trip Advisor Instagram Facebook Twitter

Go Haida Gwaii


Rose Spit - where the Hecate Strait meets Dixon Entrance - Photo: Owen Perry

The rainforest experience - moss carpeted paths, a lingering scent of fresh cedar and the sounds of silence - Photo: Owen Perry

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Owen Perry


Sandspit - An Ideal Island ‘Get Away’

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Sandspit , a quiet and remote community on Moresby Island, is an ideal island get-away. It is accessed by a 25 minute ferry ride from Graham Island or daily Air Canada flights from Vancouver. It is also known as the ‘Gateway to Gwaii Haanas’.

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

The Sandpit Visitor Centre is an excellent resource to begin your island 'get away'.  The staff are knowledgeable and will assist you to make the most of your visit. The facility is bright and spacious and is conveniently located in the Sandspit airport building. The gift shop features an inspiring display of local art  such as prints, jewellery and pottery as well as a Gwaii Haanas product line, post cards and souvenirs such as glass fishing balls and ceramic mugs with Haida artwork. It’s a ‘one-stop’ souvenir shop!


Photo Credit: Sandpit Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre also has a good selection of maps of Haida Gwaii and is one of the few local distributers of marine charts for Haida Gwaii. Choices in accommodation range from the Sandspit Inn to Guesthouses, fishing lodges, B&Bs & a hostel, Guesthouses and Hostel. There is also a private campground. Almost all accommodation is located across from the ocean - what more could you ask for!

Activities in this community are abundant. Consider the Willow’s Golf Course, a relaxing Par 72 oceanfront and forest course or the nearby world-class ocean and river fishing opportunities.

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Beachcombing and beach walks are very popular (particularly as the beach is just across the road). Low tide provides wonderful opportunities to explore the rich intertidal pools.

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Kayak rentals are available through Moresby Explorers while bikes can be rented through the Sandspit Visitor Centre. Vehicle rentals are available at the airport.

You will want to check out the system of easy walking/bike trails located in the middle of Sandspit. The approximately 2 km trail system, leads through a second growth forest of Alder, Spruce and Hemlock.

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Other trails in the community include a wonderful walk along a grass pathway around the ‘spit’ alongside the airport property. This area is a very popular location for bird watchers during the spring and fall migrations. With a panoramic view of the open waters, Sandpit is known for its spectacular sunsets. Combined with its easy access to the lush rainforest, Sandspit is a photographer’s paradise!

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

 In the evening, bring a lawn chair to the beach or set up a bench using drift wood. Enjoy a beachfire or BBQ on the waterfront – and relax… you’re on Haida Gwaii time now!

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit


Contact Us

Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Destination Marketing Organization

Super Natural British Columbia