Fairfax Point, Moresby Island

Fairfax Point, Moresby Island

by | Oct 21, 2018

Fairfax Point is at the southern tip of Moresby Island in British Columbia. With about 1,500 acres (6 sq km), Moresby is the largest privately-owned island in the Gulf Island Archipelago. The island is 2.3 miles (3.7 km) long and 1.4 miles (2.2 km) wide, with a high point of 485 feet (148 m). The Fairfax Point Light is an important navigation aid for shipping traffic en route to and from Vancouver and marks the confluence of Haro Strait to the south and the Boundary Pass channel to the east.

First Nations people likely using the island as a resting place when traveling by canoe. Moresby was first settled by Europeans in 1863, and named for Rear Admiral Fairfax Moresby of the Royal Navy, who was the naval commander-in-chief of the Pacific Station in Victoria between 1850 and 1853. The trees on the island have been logged several times, first in the 1880s to create clearings for fruit trees, and three times by separate logging companies. Evidence of the logging is mostly gone, but trails built for the machines can still be found.

Moresby is currently used by its owners to raise beef cattle. The island benefits from provincial farm status providing extremely low operating costs. The island is not open to the general public. Read more here and here. Explore more of Moresby Island here:

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