Sandspit, British Columbia

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Sandspit is located in British Columbia
Sandspit
Sandspit
Location of Sandspit in British Columbia

Sandspit is the largest community on Moresby Island, in Haida Gwaii off the Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada. The only town on Moresby Island, Sandspit has accommodations, a campground, supermarket and 85-berth harbor serving visitors to Gwaii Haanas.[1]

The unincorporated community had a population of 296 as of the 2016 census, down from 297 in 2011.[2] The community is served by Sandspit Airport with daily flights to and from Vancouver, as well as multiple ferry voyages from Alliford Bay to Skidegate Landing on Graham Island.[1]

The "Spirit of Sandspit"

Near the airport, a copper and cedar sculpture of a salmon by island artist Lon Sharp dominates the main road.[1] Sandspit is also home to the Open Ocean totem pole by Jesse Jones, Jimmy Jones and Jason Goetzinger.[3]

The Circle Tour leaves and returns to Sandspit on active gravel logging road past Skidegate Lake, Copper River, Gray Bay beach, and Copper Bay, where traditional Haida people fish for sockeye salmon and hang the fish out to dry in May and early June.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate in Sandspit is oceanic (Köppen Cfb) and very similar to the climate of the west coast of Scotland in terms of average temperatures and overall precipitation,[citation needed] although there is a strong drying trend in summer.

Climate data for Sandspit Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high humidex 13.9 13.5 13.5 17.9 23.2 28.5 30.9 30.3 27.4 24.5 17.9 15.0 30.8
Record high °C (°F) 12.4
(54.3)
13.4
(56.1)
13.9
(57.0)
18.9
(66.0)
21.7
(71.1)
26.7
(80.1)
27.8
(82.0)
26.7
(80.1)
24.1
(75.4)
20.6
(69.1)
16.3
(61.3)
13.4
(56.1)
27.8
(82.0)
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
6.7
(44.1)
7.8
(46.0)
9.7
(49.5)
12.3
(54.1)
15.0
(59.0)
17.3
(63.1)
18.1
(64.6)
16.1
(61.0)
12.2
(54.0)
8.4
(47.1)
6.7
(44.1)
11.4
(52.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
4.1
(39.4)
4.9
(40.8)
6.6
(43.9)
9.4
(48.9)
12.2
(54.0)
14.5
(58.1)
15.2
(59.4)
13.2
(55.8)
9.4
(48.9)
5.7
(42.3)
4.2
(39.6)
8.6
(47.5)
Average low °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
1.5
(34.7)
1.9
(35.4)
3.4
(38.1)
6.4
(43.5)
9.3
(48.7)
11.6
(52.9)
12.2
(54.0)
10.2
(50.4)
6.6
(43.9)
3.0
(37.4)
1.7
(35.1)
5.8
(42.4)
Record low °C (°F) −13.9
(7.0)
−12.3
(9.9)
−12.2
(10.0)
−5.1
(22.8)
−1.1
(30.0)
2.2
(36.0)
5.0
(41.0)
1.9
(35.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
−3.1
(26.4)
−15.5
(4.1)
−12.8
(9.0)
−15.5
(4.1)
Record low wind chill −22.9 −24.1 −22.9 −10.8 −3.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 −10.7 −26.0 −20.8 −26.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 190.7
(7.51)
130.8
(5.15)
116.8
(4.60)
97.7
(3.85)
66.4
(2.61)
51.7
(2.04)
48.1
(1.89)
62.2
(2.45)
83.5
(3.29)
169.5
(6.67)
193.8
(7.63)
196.2
(7.72)
1,407.5
(55.41)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 178.4
(7.02)
120.8
(4.76)
112.0
(4.41)
96.6
(3.80)
66.4
(2.61)
51.7
(2.04)
48.2
(1.90)
62.3
(2.45)
83.5
(3.29)
169.5
(6.67)
191.8
(7.55)
190.0
(7.48)
1,371.2
(53.98)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 12.7
(5.0)
9.9
(3.9)
5.2
(2.0)
1.0
(0.4)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
3.0
(1.2)
6.0
(2.4)
37.9
(14.9)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 23.3 19.2 21.5 19.9 17.7 15.8 14.9 14.8 17.3 22.8 24.0 23.8 234.9
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 21.8 17.8 20.9 19.8 17.7 15.8 14.9 14.9 17.3 22.8 23.3 22.7 229.7
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 3.6 2.8 2.2 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.0 13.0
Average relative humidity (%) 84.4 80.1 77.1 76.4 76.0 77.1 76.1 76.1 76.3 78.5 81.6 84.6 78.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 41.9 77.2 115.9 157.7 194.0 183.8 195.9 187.7 137.9 98.0 58.4 44.8 1,493.1
Percent possible sunshine 16.6 28.0 31.6 37.7 39.5 36.3 38.5 41.0 36.1 29.8 22.3 18.9 31.4
Source: 1981 to 2010 Canadian Climate Normals[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sandspit". Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii Observer. 2018. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Sandspit, Unincorporated place [Designated place], British Columbia and British Columbia [Province]". Statistics Canada. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ "The totem poles of Haida Gwaii". Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii Observer. 2018. p. 31.
  4. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 53°14′35″N 131°49′15″W / 53.24306°N 131.82083°W / 53.24306; -131.82083 (Sandspit)