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Spend the day at North Beach and revel in the views from Tow Hill and the Blow Hole - Photo: Talon Gillis

Gray Bay is a popular recreational site known for its beachcombing and camping opportunities - Photo: Flavien Mabit

We've got a selection of camping locations just right for you - forest sites thick with carpets of moss, rustic beach campsites and comfortable campgrounds with showers and hook-ups - Photo: Flavien Mabit

Haida Gwaii's got rainforests, beaches and mountains to explore - let's go! - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the scenic remains of the Pesuta, a log ship that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

Visit the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre and Museum at Second Beach in Skidegate - Photo: Guy Kimola

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

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Guy Kimola

 

Sandspit

Photo: Flavien Mabit

See the Sandspit Community Map to get your bearings

Located on the northern shores of Moresby Island, Sandspit is the only community on Moresby Island and is connected to Graham Island by a small vehicle ferry connecting to Skidegate. For schedules of the Kwuna ferry, please click here.

The arrival point for daily Air Canada flights to the Islands, Sandspit has a large (by local standards) airport, code YZP, and a Visitor Centre within the Airport Terminal, opened every day, mid May through to mid September.

Sandspit is a hotbed for fishing especially during the late Coho runs in September and October, but also offers wonderful camping opportunities.

Birding, hiking and kayaking are also popular activities in the area.

There is a large (once again by local standards!) marina and harbour, located in the western part of town.

Sandspit also has one of the Islands two golf courses, the Willows Golf Course.

There are popular campgrounds along the logging roads, which form a circle route with the community to the campsites of Gray Bay and Mosquito Lake (a popular swimming and fishing spot). Pallant Creek flows out of the lake and joins the ocean about 5km downstream with an estuary at Moresby Camp. 

Moresby Camp is used extensively by operators providing tours and trips into Gwaii Haanas.

Sandspit hosts Logger Sports Day in July each year reminding the community of its strong roots to the logging industry. The day is full of activities involving Logging skills.

Information:

  • Population - 297
  • Elevation - Sea Level

Services:

  • Airport (Air Canada)
  • Visitor Centre (Open mid may to mid september, every day)
  • Marina (state of the art facility and only septic pump out station on north coast)
  • Public showers / Laundromat / Sani-station at the 501 Campground
  • Grocery Store and liquor store - Supervalu (free delivery to visitors at the marina)
  • Rental cars at the airport Terminal - Budget (free delivery to visitors at the marina)
  • Card lock fuel station - Fast fuel
  • Post office

Sandspit Photo Gallery

Our trip planning directory will help you decide where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Choose a category and browse through the services and recreational opportunities in this location.

What to Do

501 RV/Tent Park

The campground is on the main road in town (called Beach Road once in town) and is right across from the beach. Relax and make this campground your home base while touring, hiking, fishing, or

Avid Sportfishing

Situated on the Northeast tip of Moresby Island, Copper Bay Lodge is the perfect place to relax after a day out fishing. Even though the lodge is just a 10 minute drive from the town of Sandspit, it

Bayview Garden - B&B and Hostel

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  Cheerful and comfortable, The Bayview Garden will be your home away from home while you are staying in sunny

Brady’s Bistro

Brady's Bistro at the Sandspit Airport is a social hot spot! There's even a blog about it Check out the great reviews on Trip Advisor (best home-baked bread ever)  

Cartwright Sound Fishing Charters

Established in 1991 Cartwright Sound Charters specializes in a variety of all-inclusive fishing charters for Cartwright Sound, Haida Gwaii, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Their fleet of

Dogfish Bay Hiking Route

Though Dogfish Bay is not really the destination of the hike in itself, it is the name given to that particular hike, that essentially starts either from Sheldens bay, or from the Secret Cove

Dover Trail

The "Dover Trail", named after a Sandspit lady of Haida ancestry, aka the "Louise Dover Memorial Trail", aka the "Haans loop", is located just out of the community of Sandspit, close to the

Fast Fuel Services Ltd

6 locations Sandspit - cardlock  Keyfob, Debit, Major Credit Cards Queen Charlotte - cardlock Keyfob Skidegate - Industrial Park Fuel Station Keyfob, Debit, Major Credit Cards Port Clements -

Gray Bay Recreation Site

Gray Bay Recreation Site is a BC Forest Recreation Site located appx 25 km SE of Sandspit, inside the Kunxalas Heritage Site and Conservancy. The campsite and day use area border the shoreline of

Hecate View Lodge & Dining

Looking for a great place to stay on your Haida Gwaii vacation? Hecate View Lodge is just 10 minutes from Sandspit Airport and Marina in a private beachfront setting. Perfect for smaller groups of up

Moresby Camp Recreation Site

Moresby Camp is a BC Forest Recreation Site located 4 kms past the Mosquito Lake campsite (appx 30 kms from the Alliford Bay ferry landing).  

Moresby Explorers

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website. Touring the waters around Gwaii Haanas since 1988, has earned us a growing reputation for providing fun, educational

Moresby Island Guest House

The Moresby Island Guest House offers a clean, comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Now under new management, and recently renovated, you will enjoy a relaxing and memorable experience during your stay.

Moresby Market (Sandspit Farmers Market)

The Moresby Market is open Sundays 11am-1pm at the ALM School Gazebo (except for on long weekends and the Edge of the World Festival weekend, and likely on Saturday of Logger Sports Day

Mosquito Lake Recreation Site

Mosquito Lake Campsite is a BC Parks Recreation Site located appx 24 kms via a logging road from the Alliford Bay Ferry Landing (near Sandspit). This rustic campsite is situated on the shore of

Mosquito Mountain Hiking Route

Mosquito Mountain is one of the tallest peaks on island. There is a route leading to the mountain that is described in the blog entry "Hiking up Mosquito Mountain".  IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp

Located on the shores of Mosquito Lake, Moresby Island on Haida Gwaii, Mount Moresby Adventure Camp has provided Outdoor Education opportunities for kids for over a decade.  Through the Forest

Mount Moresby Hiking Route

At 1164m high, Mount Moresby is the highest summit on Haida Gwaii. Because of this, it is often a goal for hikers with a challenge in mind. And the hike to the summit of Mount Moresby is indeed very

Northern Shores Lodging

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  Northern Shores Lodge is situated centrally in Sandspit just a short distance from the Airport and marina and

Onward Point Trail

This short trail features second growth forest and a look-out point with a gazebo on sedimentary rock. Occasionally, grey whales and other marine mammals can be spoted from shore.  This hike

Orange Roof Restaurant and Cabaret

The Orange Roof Restaurant and Cabaret, has been family owned and operated since 1974. The 74-seat, licensed restaurant is located at beautiful Shingle Bay in Sandspit and offers diners, breathtaking

Sandspit Marina

 Reservations for the busy summer season are strongly recommended Call ahead on VHF 73 to contact the Wharfinger. Overlooking the calm inlets to the west and the wild Hecate Strait to the east,

Sandspit Visitor Centre

The Sandspit Visitor Centre is seasonally-operated (May to September - 7 days a week) and is conveniently located in the Sandspit Airport terminal. Visitors will find information about what to

Seaport Bed & Breakfast

The Seaport Bed & Breakfast is a centrally located, waterfront accommodation.  Operating year-round, the Seaport offers comfortable beds, a large, covered deck to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets,

Secret Cove Trail

This trail features second growth forest and lush undergrowth. It is approximately 30 minutes return (without relaxing on the calming beach) This hike is also listed on the Guide to Recreation

Shelden’s Bay Day Use Area

Shelden's Bay Day Use area is listed on the brochure "Recreation Sites and Trails of Haida Gwaii". Shelden's Bay is situated on Moresby island, and is accessible via the road to Copper Bay

The Sandspit Inn

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  The Sandspit Inn has been providing quality, clean and comfortable accommodations on Moresby Island for more

Willows Golf Course

The Willows is a relaxing Par 72, 6154 yd. Ocean-side golf course with the unique challenge of 18 tees to 9 greens. Some holes are exposed to the changes of Island weather while others are protected

Where to Eat

Brady’s Bistro

Brady's Bistro at the Sandspit Airport is a social hot spot! There's even a blog about it Check out the great reviews on Trip Advisor (best home-baked bread ever)  

Hecate View Lodge & Dining

Looking for a great place to stay on your Haida Gwaii vacation? Hecate View Lodge is just 10 minutes from Sandspit Airport and Marina in a private beachfront setting. Perfect for smaller groups of up

Orange Roof Restaurant and Cabaret

The Orange Roof Restaurant and Cabaret, has been family owned and operated since 1974. The 74-seat, licensed restaurant is located at beautiful Shingle Bay in Sandspit and offers diners, breathtaking

The Sandspit Inn

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  The Sandspit Inn has been providing quality, clean and comfortable accommodations on Moresby Island for more

Where to Stay

501 RV/Tent Park

The campground is on the main road in town (called Beach Road once in town) and is right across from the beach. Relax and make this campground your home base while touring, hiking, fishing, or

Bayview Garden - B&B and Hostel

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  Cheerful and comfortable, The Bayview Garden will be your home away from home while you are staying in sunny

Gray Bay Recreation Site

Gray Bay Recreation Site is a BC Forest Recreation Site located appx 25 km SE of Sandspit, inside the Kunxalas Heritage Site and Conservancy. The campsite and day use area border the shoreline of

Hecate View Lodge & Dining

Looking for a great place to stay on your Haida Gwaii vacation? Hecate View Lodge is just 10 minutes from Sandspit Airport and Marina in a private beachfront setting. Perfect for smaller groups of up

Lynn’s Place

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  Lynn’s Place is a private and self contained guest house in Sandspit. Lynn provides relaxing accommodation

Moresby Island Guest House

The Moresby Island Guest House offers a clean, comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Now under new management, and recently renovated, you will enjoy a relaxing and memorable experience during your stay.

Mosquito Lake Recreation Site

Mosquito Lake Campsite is a BC Parks Recreation Site located appx 24 kms via a logging road from the Alliford Bay Ferry Landing (near Sandspit). This rustic campsite is situated on the shore of

Mount Moresby Adventure Camp

Located on the shores of Mosquito Lake, Moresby Island on Haida Gwaii, Mount Moresby Adventure Camp has provided Outdoor Education opportunities for kids for over a decade.  Through the Forest

Northern Shores Lodging

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  Northern Shores Lodge is situated centrally in Sandspit just a short distance from the Airport and marina and

Seaport Bed & Breakfast

The Seaport Bed & Breakfast is a centrally located, waterfront accommodation.  Operating year-round, the Seaport offers comfortable beds, a large, covered deck to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets,

The Sandspit Inn

This is a "Love Haida Gwaii Business", featured on the Love Haida Gwaii Website.  The Sandspit Inn has been providing quality, clean and comfortable accommodations on Moresby Island for more
 

Contact Us

Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

website: www.queencharlottevisitorcentre.com
email: info@qcinfo.ca | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

website: www.lovehaidagwaii.com/businesses/the-sandspit-visitor-centre
email: visitsandspit@gmail.com | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

website: www.portclements.ca
email: pcmuseum@qcislands.ca | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

website: www.massetbc.com
email: info@massetbc.com | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

Destination Marketing Organization
website: www.gohaidagwaii.ca
email: tourism@gohaidagwaii.ca

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