Queen Charlotte, British Columbia
|Village of Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte City
|Regional district||Skeena-Queen Charlotte|
|• Governing body||Queen Charlotte Village Council|
|• Mayor||Carol Kulesha|
|• Total||37.28 km2 (14.39 sq mi)|
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
|• Density||25.4/km2 (66/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
The Village of Queen Charlotte, more commonly known as Queen Charlotte City, is a village municipality on Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is located on the southern end of Graham Island at Skidegate Inlet and is a member municipality of the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District.
It was incorporated in 2005, having previously been represented as part of Electoral Area F of that regional district, which was coterminous with the Queen Charlotte Islands (which now comprises Electoral Areas D and E).
The town site was established when the first sawmill in the archipelago began operating in 1908. In the wake of World War I, additional work force 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.
Mining and especially fishing were other sources of employment in Queen Charlotte City when the demand for lumber again increased by the second half of the 20th century.
Today, many inhabitants are still working in these resource-based jobs but recently a shift towards more tourism-oriented employment has been observed.
Queen Charlotte City became incorporated in 2005 and now offers several motels, shops, restaurants, crafts and car repair shops, banks, an RCMP station and a hospital.
It is also the location of the Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre, which is open year round. This town with its small harbour is often the starting-point for chartered tours into Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site on southern Moresby Island.