One of the smallest and most southern of the 150 islands that form the Haida Gwaii archipelago (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), Moresby has beautiful inlets, bays and sounds. It has two shorelines: one bordered by the Pacific Ocean and one by Hecate Strait. The west side is highlighted by windswept beaches and rugged, steep coastlines, and the east side offers sheltered bays and gentle slopes. The ancient rainforests are laden with thick mosses, legendarily huge trees and a lattice of small streams. Anglers come from around the world to fish the area for spring salmon, coho salmon and halibut, along with ling cod and red snapper. Others come to these "Galapagos of the North" to see the unique biological reserve and to watch the eagles, otters, deer, whales, black bears and sea lions, as well as the birds, including great raptors like peregrine falcons and bald eagles. You can enjoy outdoor recreation like hiking, kayaking, diving and surfing in a pristine wilderness. Or discover thriving First Nations culture and heritage.
Top 5 things to do
- Discover the Inside Passage on a charter boat or aboard BC Ferries
- Go wildlife viewing
- Discover the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
- Soak in the natural hot springs
- Enjoy superb fishing