Posted by: cherylyoung | March 23, 2013



The northernmost of the over 150 significant islands that

 make up the mythical Haida Gwaii island archipelago,

 formerly called the Queen  Charlotte Islands,

 Langara Island is one of the three premier fly-in saltwater

 fishing locations in British Columbia.

The logging camps, fishing camps and settlements on

Langara  Island are serviced by scheduled or charter

 flights out of Alliford Bay on Moresby Island.


 Flights to the Islands are available out of Vancouver.

The old villages at Kiusta and Langara Island were the

 original trading centres for sea otter furs between the

Europeans and Haida for this part of the Pacific

Northwest Coast.


Today, the site of the ancient Kiusta village is part of the

Rediscovery Program, a youth program that encourages

 the young people of the province to get in touch with

 their cultural heritage.


Some of the earliest contact between native Haida and

 whites occurred at Kiusta and Yaku.


The first European contact with Native Indians in British

Columbia was in July 1774, when the Spanish navigator

Juan Perez briefly met a group of Haida off the northwest

tip of Langara Island.

The peaceful existence of the aboriginal people was to

 change soon  thereafter, when Captain James Cook

 set foot on Nootka Island  on the northwest coast

of Vancouver Island in 1778.


The first fur-trading expeditions arrived on the coast

 about  five years later.


Tourism, sport fishing and commercial fishing provide

 the mainstay of  the economy of Langara Island, the

 ultimate fishing adventure retreat offering some of the

best ocean salmon and halibut grounds in the world.

 Langara is the first land mass on the migratory path

 of the Pacific chinook, coho, and chum salmon as they

 journey from the Arctic feeding grounds to their

spawning grounds in the Pacific Northwest.


Fishing is the most common sport in the Haida Gwaii

 islands, there being ready access to superb freshwater

 and saltwater fishing.

 On many streams in Haida Gwaii, high tide can easily

 push inland a mile (1.6 km) or more.

As catch limits vary for tidal and nontidal waters, tidal

 boundaries are posted on streams where regulations are

 subject to change.


 Salmon fishing is seasonal, but fishing for just about

everything  else is a year-round sport.


Fly fish cutthroat, rainbow trout, or dolly varden inland,

or get out onto the ocean to jig for lingcod, red snapper,

 or halibut.


 Anglers fishing for the latter have been known to swamp

smaller boats trying to land these large fish, so be careful

if you snag a big one.


Most of the devoted sport fishermen enjoying the Langara

 Island and  Naden Harbour area fly to the fishing lodges

 in twin-engine floatplanes  operating from Alliford Bay.

 These lodges are located ashore or on extended cruise

expeditions afloat, anchored in sheltered bays like

Henslung Cove at the southern  tip of the island.


This area is something of a legend amongst sports fishers

 all over the world.


They gather in search of the trophy sized king/chinook

salmon that weigh in at up to 75 pounds.


Sandspit is the gateway for short float plane flights to some

of the best  salmon fishing in the world.

Chinook salmon begin arriving around Langara Island in

 April, with sports  anglers continuing to enjoy excellent

 fishing until mid-September.


 A number of the floating fishing resorts follow the

migrating salmon down the west coast of Graham Island

during the summer, to end the season fishing for coho

salmon in Cumshewa Inlet on Moresby Island.

Other recreational activities offered around Langara Island

 include catching crabs and prawns, whale watching,

wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hiking. 

The Haida Gwaii islands are accessed by ferry from Prince Rupert to

 the Skidegate Landing Ferry Terminal on Graham Island, by air from

 Vancouver to Sandspit on Moresby Island (770 km), and by air from

 Prince Rupert to Sandspit.


Location: Langara Island is located in Dixon Entrance off the


Population: 460 (Skeena/Queen Charlotte East)




VICTORIA B.C  www.cherylyoung,ca


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