Amidst unparalleled scenic beauty, and some of the most rugged shoreline on the west coast of Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Louis serves as a comfortable home base for adventurers seeking world-class sports fishing.
There are no communities in this part of the remote coastline, only remote fishing lodges and sport fishing motherships catering to the avid sport fisherman. Port Louis also provides safe refuge for mariners seeking respite from the unpredictable weather.
The fishing lodges are situated among rain forests and mountain streams in the heart of Graham Island’s proposed ecological preserve. Guests fish for salmon and halibut, fish for Tuna 15 miles offshore, or just enjoy nature in splendid isolation.
When not fishing, visitors can hike the nearby mountains, go ocean kayaking, or beachcomb the desolate beaches.
Location: Port Louis is located on the west coast of Graham Island, the largest of the two main islands of Haida Gwaii. 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. 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 Coates Creek Fishway is operated as a fish ladder to introduce a naturally sustainable coho salmon run on Coates Creek, and ensure a healthy return of coho into the future. The presence of the jumping pools allow the coho to successfully negotiate the creek and enter the spawning grounds above the falls. Coates Creek flows from Ironside Mountain into the head of Port Louis.
Tingley Cove provides a safe anchorage for boaters in Port Louis.
Adjacent to Port Louis to the west is Kiokathli Inlet, between Port Louis and Louis Point, which juts out into the Pacific Ocean.
Wildlife: The marine waters between Tian Head in the north and Louis Point to the south, including Port Louis, Otard Bay and Tian Bay, are an important feeding area for the threatened Marbled Murrelet. Concentrations of feeding Marbled Murrelets have been reported in Tian Bay. The islands and islets between Frederick and Hippa islands also support black oystercatchers, pigeon guillemots, glaucous-winged gulls, pelagic cormorants, Cassin’s auklets and storm petrels.
Beachcombing on the west coast of Graham Island can be very rewarding for those seeking to combine the excitement of searching for treasures with the exercise of hiking along the remote shoreline. Top treasures include Japanese glass fishing floats, sperm whale teeth, shells, sand dollars, and agate gemstones.
Beachcombing in Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
South of Port Louis is Rennell Sound, the largest sound on the west coast of the islands, cutting 18 miles (29 km) into Graham Island. Bounded by the snowcapped Queen Charlotte Mountains, the deep inlet offers wonderful recreational and sightseeing opportunities. The rugged coastline, beautiful crescent beaches and excellent beachcombing along the gravel shoreline, great hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking make the trip very worthwhile.
Circle Tours: See the best of Northern BC and Haida Gwaii on one of the Circle Tours that capture the wonders of the north. The Inside Passage Circle Tour and the Native Heritage Circle Tour include Haida Gwaii by catching a ferry from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands).
Circle Tours in British Columbia.