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

Queen Charlotte City
Queen Charlotte City is located at the southern end of Graham Island in the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands chain. Two communities close by to Queen Charlotte City are Sandspit 32 km (20 miles) across Skidegate Channel on Moresby Island and the Haida community of Skidegate 9 km (6 miles) north-east on Hwy 16.

BC Ferries to Skidegate Landing
To get to Queen Charlotte City by vehicle you have to take the BC Ferries sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate Landing. Once at Skidegate Landing, travel west for 2 km (1.2 miles) to arrive at Queen Charlotte City.

Airplane Service
There are daily flights from Air Canada Jazz from Vancouver International Airport to Sandspit. If you are coming from Prince Rupert plane service can also be booked through North Pacific Seaplanes from the Prince Rupert Seaplane base into Queen Charlotte City. Pacific Coastal Airlines unfortunately only files into Masset.

Main Centre for Southern Graham Island
If you're low on supplies, require hardware or services, need a place to stay or would like to have a meal, Queen Charlotte City is the main centre for southern Graham Island servicing Skidegate and Sandspit areas. Available services include a gas station, boat repairs, a liquor store, Isabel Creek Store, a number of cafés including a Chinese food restaurant and, for entertainment and cold refreshments, Howler's Bistro & Pub.

Hospital Days
A June tradition in Queen Charlotte City since 1909, Hospital Days is an event for the whole family. Get out and enjoy the community celebrating with a parade, midway, concessions, carnival booths, salmon barbecue, food booths, a ball tournament and a coffee house with local talent, all followed by a dinner and dance.

Spruce Point Park
There are some very scenic waterfront parks that you can visit when in Queen Charlotte City. One favourite is Spruce Point Park where you can find a canoe and kayak launch plus a beautiful southerly view from Bearskin Bay over to Moresby Island.

Haida First Nations
Skidegate, a Haida First Nation's community, is very close to Queen Charlotte City just 9 km (6 miles) west on Hwy 16. Once here you can marvel at the proud heritage that is displayed either at the Haida Gwaii Museum or the longhouse displaying a carved pole by Bill Reid, the famous Haida artist, all located at Qay'llnagaay Lodge and Heritage Centre.

'The Edge of the World Music Festival'
A good time to visit Queen Charlotte City is in July when the 'The Edge of the World Music Festival' takes place. This intimate music fest features high-quality performers set in the unbelievable beauty of the Haida Gwaii.

Great Fishing
If you like either river fishing or fishing in the ocean, Queen Charlotte City is an excellent destination. You can try your luck for Steelhead or Coho on the famous Yakoun, Mamin or Tlell Rivers or, if you don't mind a short drive, take the only access road to the West Coast and try ocean fishing off Rennell Sound.

Rennell Sound
The gravel road to Rennell Sound is only 20 minutes north of Queen Charlotte City on the Queen Charlotte Mainline, the road that eventually goes to Juskatla. As soon as you cross the Yakoun River, turn on the west road for Yakoun Lake and Rennell Sound. Once at the junction for Yakoun Lake turn, on the road towards the ocean at Rennell Sound.

5 Mile Beach
Once you arrive at Rennell Sound visit 5 Mile Beach where you can find a picnic site and some excellent beach-combing territory. Some people are lucky, sometimes stumbling across large glass balls that the Japanese fish boats have lost from their nets. For Scuba divers there is a small island off shore that has some underwater caves plus a really abundant octopus and eel habitat.

Riley Creek Trail
Just past 5 Mile Beach you can find the Riley Creek Trail. This 45-minute easy-to-moderate walk takes you through an 'old-growth forest' where you can find the spirituality feeling amongst 400-year-old trees and beautiful West Coast ocean views.

Cone Head Campground
After Riley Creek Trailhead, you will come to some short trails to some more beach areas called Gregory and Bonanza beaches. Just past Bonanza beach is the wilderness campground at Cone Head.

Fishing Charters
You can find a couple of fishing charters that work out of Rennell Sound. The prices are fairly reasonable with excellent fishing action similar to what you would find and catch off Langara Island.

South Moresby Air Charters
One of the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Island's most exciting tour operates out of Queen Charlotte City with South Moresby Air Charters. If you can afford, it this is definitely the ticket with various air charters into pretty much all of the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands. A couple of favourite flights include flightseeing tours into Gwaii Haanas National Park or Hotspring Island.

Driving Forest Service Roads
Just a word of caution when you are driving or travelling on the backcountry forest service or logging roads around Queen Charlotte City and the Haida Gwaii. Drive with your lights on, pull over for large trucks or machinery and make sure that you pull off the road when parking.

Road Closures or Restrictions Telephone Numbers

  • QC Forest Service (250) 559-6200
  • Weyerhaeuser, Canada (250) 557-6810
  • JS Jones (250) 637-5323

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