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    Queen Charlotte City - Home with Spectacular Views

    Haida Gwaii Listing No. 21127

    Iconic Haida Gwaii 3 storey home in Queen Charlotte City. Panoramic views of Skidegate Inlet from multiple decks and patios. Close to hospital and village necessities. 4 rental opportunities: residence, bachelor suite, cabin and guest cabin. Private setting.


    Price
    $499,000

    Size
    0.56 of an acre ~ 2 titles

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    Description

    This home embodies the iconic home on Haida Gwaii overlooking the ocean. Exterior ‘tongue and groove’ wood cladding fits well within the municipality. The house rises three levels, taking full visual advantage of ever-changing tides, birds cruising the wind currents and, the vast panorama of changing weather, sunrises and sunsets. Rugged Genvieve Mountain and the Skidegate Inlet complete this visual feast from the home’s layers of decks and patios.

    Well maintained, the interior has many updates applied over the last number of years with extensive ancillary improvements. Electric heat pumps and a standalone wood-burning fireplace provide more than adequate heating. The layout is very functional, with ocean views from the east-facing windows. Landscaped and fully fenced, there is a greenhouse and productive vegetable/flower gardens. In addition, there is a woodshed, 8' x 12', and a chicken house. Mature deciduous trees surround the property with some grass-covered areas. Vehicle parking from a gravel, quiet no-thru road at the rear of the house provides easy access.

    Primary Dwelling 1,424 ft2

    First Floor (540 ft2)

    A large entry with wood flooring has two bedrooms, a 3-piece bathroom and a laundry room. An enclosed one-car garage/storage on this level also has interior access.

    Second Floor (660 ft2)

    Bright and airy, gorgeous wooding flooring accentuates the kitchen. A heavy wooden block island doubles as meal preparation and room for folks to gather around. Patio doors not only let in plenty of additional light but lead onto a deck, perfect for a BBQ or gathering of friends and family. The refrigerator, stove and free-standing wood stove complete the kitchen package. Cozy and warm when needed, the wood stove provides a comfortable area to gather around and share the day’s stories. A spacious 3-piece bathroom is also bright and tidy.

    Third Floor (224 ft2)

    Perched on top is a very secluded bedroom, where you can enjoy a birds-eye view from the sizeable private deck.

    Bachelor Suite (160 ft2)

    An attractive, tidy bachelor suite sits above the garage with a roomy combined kitchen, living room and bedroom, a separate bathroom, and access to a small covered deck.

    Cabin (280 ft2)

    Well suited for a couple or small family, the cabin is has updated weatherboard laminate flooring throughout. A spacious combined kitchen/living room features good views and a comfortable deck facing eastward over the village and ocean. The bathroom is a spacious 3-piece ensemble with a double-sized shower. Electric baseboards and a wood stove provide more than adequate heating in the cooler months.

    Guest cabin (98 ft2)

    This small cozy cabin is ideal for guests to stop by and spend some time. The open floor combines a kitchenette and living area with lofted sleeping space.

    Location

    506 – 508 1st Avenue - Queen Charlotte City, BC

    Access

    From the Skidegate Ferry Landing, head west to Queen Charlotte City (5 km). Turn right on 8th Street, then turn right on 1st Avenue. The properties are on your right.

    Area Data

    Haida Gwaii is an archipelago of some 200 islands, most small and uninhabited, covering an area of 9,596 km2 running 251 km from south to north and 84 km west to east. They are separated from the mainland by Hecate Strait. The largest islands are Graham to the north and Moresby to the south.

    Queen Charlotte City (Pop. 852), Graham Island (Pop. 4,475)

    Sprawled along the shores of Bearskin Bay, the Municipality of Queen Charlotte City looks out over the islands of Skidegate Inlet, with Sleeping Beauty Mountain rising in the background. Charlotte (as referred to by locals) is on the southern shore of the Inlet, 5 km west of the ferry terminal at Skidegate.

    The area’s economic base is fishing (sport and commercial), logging and tourism. As the administrative centre for Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte City houses provincial and federal government offices, an RCMP station, a general hospital, and various businesses, services, shops and accommodations, all proximal to this property. This municipality offers extensive outdoor recreational amenities within a diverse ecosystem.

    Rennell Sound

    Just north of Queen Charlotte City, Rennell Sound, the largest sound on the west coast of Haida Gwaii, cuts 29 km across Graham Island.

    Bound by the snowcapped Queen Charlotte Mountains, the deep Inlet displays phenomenal recreational and sightseeing opportunities. The rugged coastline, beautiful crescent beaches and excellent beachcombing along the gravel shoreline combine with great hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking.

    Other Data

    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, and from Prince Rupert to Sandspit. Other commercial air services (including float planes and helicopters) are available at Sandspit, Queen Charlotte City, and Masset. A 20-minute ferry ride connects Graham and Moresby Islands.

    The climate, moderated by a warm Pacific current from Japan, is generally mild with no extremes in temperature. Annual temperature varies only 20 degrees Celsius, but is variable and unpredictable can change quickly.

    Vegetation

    The San Christoval Mountains form the backbone of Moresby Island, rising to 1,123 metres at Mount de la Touche. The higher elevations of this range are dominated by mountain hemlock and alpine tundra. The lower elevations are mainly cedar, pine and western hemlock. The southern portion of Moresby Island is low and densely wooded.

    The distinct island flora and fauna have evolved over thousands of years. The species here often differ from those found on the BC mainland, and many common continental species are not found on the islands at all or have evolved into unique subspecies. Because the islands are situated along the Pacific flyway, dozens of species of migrating birds stop here in spring and fall.

    The islands are rich in wildlife in the sky and sea, and on the ground. Among the native species, expect to see black bears and river otters, birds such as bald eagles, Steller’s jays, and peregrine falcons, and many ocean creatures, from grey whales and killer whales to jellyfish and starfish.

    Recreation

    Fishing

    Fishing is the most popular year-round sport in Haida Gwaii. Anglers are drawn by the world-class salmon fishing, as Haida Gwaii Islands are the first land mass encountered on the migratory path of Pacific chinook, coho, and chum salmon as they journey from the Arctic feeding grounds to their spawning grounds in the Pacific Northwest. Salmon fishing is seasonal while fishing for just about everything else is a year round sport—freshwater cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, dolly varden inland, salt water lingcod, red snapper, or halibut (all subject to regulation changes).

    Rennell Sound and the west coast of the islands is very productive, with spring salmon caught in May through September. Halibut and other bottom fish are generally present throughout the year. Sportfishing is the main attraction, with Chinook salmon the main target species for most anglers, although halibut, lingcod, and rockfish are also tasty catches. Anglers heading to Rennell Sound will find a boat launch located in Shields Bay, a much-favoured shelter for fishing boats at the head of the sound.

    Fishing is excellent in the Sandspit area, with bluejacks, spring salmon and halibut caught off Sandspit Bar and Sachs Creek. Pinks and coho are caught in South Bay and Haans Creek. The Deena River supports a good steelhead run during early spring, and good coho salmon fishing in October and November.

    The best lake and river fishing on Moresby Island are found in Mosquito Lake (named after the Second World War bomber not the insect itself) and Skidegate Lake, both of which are known for cutthroat and dolly varden. Copper River has a sea-run of cutthroat and dolly varden between May and July. Coho run the river from mid-September to mid-October.

    Diving

    The west coast of Haida Gwaii is a diving paradise. Shore dives are possible from anywhere along the coastal road, and a small boat gives divers access to many excellent dive sites in relatively sheltered west coast conditions.

    Camping and Parks

    Camping on Moresby Island includes Forest Service campgrounds, Gray Bay, Sheldens Bay and Mosquito Lake. Mosquito Lake offers a boat launch, day-use area and excellent trout fishing. Moresby Camp is the favoured location to launch small boats and kayaks to explore the Gwaii Haanas/South Moresby Park Reserve. Camping in Gwaii Haanas is permitted as long as there is little to no impact on the environment. Camping is not permitted at particularly sensitive cultural sites or important bird-nesting areas.

    Hayden Turner Municipal Park on the west side of Charlotte has premier campsites, old-growth spruce trees, black shale beaches, and a panoramic view of Bearskin Bay. A second road heads north and then west across Graham Island to the west coast and a Rec Site on Rennell Sound with spectacular mountain views and plenty of ocean access. There are plenty of beautiful campsites and parks throughout Graham Island.

    Hikes

    Sleeping Beauty Mountain holds an exceptional hike to alpine meadows overlooking Queen Charlotte City. A unique species of Haida Gwaii, the beautiful yellow Newcombe Daisy, dot the meadows in late summer. The trail continues to the summit of spectacular Mount Genevieve. On the north coast of Rennell Sound, Skelu Bay, and two substantial inlets provide shelter and safe anchorages for vessels plying Seal and Tartu Inlets on the west coast. A logging camp is located on Tartu Inlet, providing miles of roads suitable for quiet hikes in this remote part of BC.

    Tourism

    Ecotourism provides an abundance of adventure. Charter tours include viewing ocean wildlife, from Orcas, Pacific gray, humpback, and minke whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, harbour seals and Steller‘s sea lions. Landscape with ancient village sites, remote beaches, intertidal life, old growth rainforest, bird watching for the millions of breeding birds (including puffins) or beachcombing on remote islands are a sampling of additional tours.

    Kayaking

    Kayaking the entire east coast of Haida Gwaii is prime. The most popular area to paddle is the eastern side of Moresby Island . It abounds with tiny islands, coves, and sheltered coastline. Without knowledge of using charts, compass, currents, and weather, an experienced guide is recommended.

    History

    Known by the locals as Queen Charlotte, or simply Charlotte, Queen Charlotte City was incorporated in 2005 with the official name of the Village of Queen Charlotte. The first registered townsite on Haida Gwaii was a laid-back fishing village. Their humble roots began as a land grant of 703-acres of prime waterfront property to three men in 1891.

    Stepping back in time, the townsite was established when the first sawmill in the archipelago began operating in 1908. In the wake of World War I, an additional workforce was needed to supply allied warplanes with lumber. The town infrastructure quickly developed, offering public education, a hospital, general stores and other amenities, even a newspaper.

    Logging and fishing were the primary sources of jobs in Queen Charlotte when the demand for lumber again increased by the second half of the twentieth century. Today, few inhabitants are working in these resource-based jobs, and a recent shift towards tourism-oriented employment has been observed. However, the main economic driver is government jobs, including hospital workers, school districts, BC Ferries, local Forestry and Parks offices.

    Several heritage buildings dating back to 1909 line the main road of Queen Charlotte City, providing interesting subjects for photographers. The Premier Hotel, the old hospital, the old schoolhouse, and the historic sawmill site offer a fascinating glimpse into life in Queen Charlotte City in the early part of the twentieth century.

    The islands are the original and current home of the Haida Nation, having inhabited the islands for 13,000 years. Some of the islands are protected under federal legislation as the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.

    Map Reference

    53°15'23.10"N and 132° 5'26.40"W

    Services

    • Municipal sewer
    • Municipal water
    • Power
    • Fibre Internet

    Improvements

    • Main residence: 1,424 ft2
    • Bachelor suite: 160 ft2
    • Cabin: 280 ft2
    • Guest cabin: 98 ft2
    • Greenhouse
    • Shed: 8’ x 12’

    Tax Details

    $4,154 (2020)

    Zoning

    LDR

    Legal

    Lot 9 Block 5 DL 16A Queen Charlotte District Pan 934
    PID 005-138-931

    Lot 10 Block 5 DL 16A Queen Charlotte District Pan 934
    PID 005-138-965

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