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Destination: Masset Inlet Cabin

Route Notes

  • This Scenery is for Return to Misty Moorings only.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1200 Feet
  • Landing zone is: Water, does not freeze in winter
  • GPS for destination: N53 36.63 W132 26.47 Alt 9'
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  • Flight Seeing Plan available HERE

Masset Inlet Cabin

A secluded cabin with small pier located on Sandspit Island. It's in the Masset Inlet estuary and the real attraction here is the flight down the estuary into the bay. Masset Inlet is a large saltwater bay located in the heart of the lowland of northern Graham Island, the northernmost and largest island of the Haida Gwaii islands on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is fed by several rivers, the largest of which is the Yakoun River, and is connected to the open sea of the Dixon Entrance by the narrow Masset Sound and Masset Harbour, which opens onto McIntyre Bay. The communities of Port Clements and Sewall are located on the shores of Masset Inlet. The community of Juskatla is located on Juskatla Inlet, the largest of Masset Inlet's sidewaters. There are several islands in the inlet, the largest of which is Kumdis Island, at the inlet's egress to Masset Sound and just north of Port Clements. Masset Inlet helps form the isthmus of the Naikoon Peninsula.

"Masset" comes from the Haida word, Masst or large island. Did you know that the largest log barge in the world operates in Masset Inlet and Masset Sound?

WaveTop VFR Plan

From: Masset Airport (CZMT) on the Queen Charlotte Islands
To: Masset Inlet Cabin

  • NOTAM: Set Weather and Time from Misty's Place, also go to the Map Room to see a rough flight plan of this flight.

Overview: Our trip starts at Masset Airport (CZMT) on one of the Queen Charlotte Islands. These islands are 80 miles south southwest of Ketchikan (PAKT). We will fly up the Masset Inlet and into the Juskatla inlet. the trip covers about 28 miles.

Course: After lift off from Masset Airport, fly to a heading of 166 to intersect with the Masset Inlet. We will follow this channel most of the way to our destination. Continue following the channel. As we lift off, you can see the small town of Masset back to starboard.

  • Flight-Seeing Information: The Queen Charlotte Islands, officially Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People") in British Columbia, are an archipelago on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. They consist of two main islands: Graham Island in the north, and Moresby Island in the south, along with approximately 150 smaller islands with a total landmass of 10,180 km2 (3,931 sq mi). Other major islands include Anthony, Langara, Louise, Lyell, Burnaby, and Kunghit Islands.
  • The spongy forest floor, studded with stumps and toadstools, looks like it's been draped with a damask of emerald moss. I'm standing still, transfixed by the twisted roots of a toppled Sitka spruce. The upended root bell, as it's called, must be 30 feet in diameter and has created an intimate alcove in the rain forest, fit for a troll fiesta. Awed, I reach for comparisons: It's like a Japanese Zen garden, maybe, or a glade of Ents, the walking trees from The Lord of the Rings.
  • Located off the west coast of British Columbia, the archipelago of more than 150 islands is sometimes referred to as Canada's Gal├ípagos. Animals grow big (black bears can reach the size of Volkswagen Beetles), and plants grow odd (there's a genetically unique spruce with golden needles). Seabirds lay eggs in the roots of millennium-old cedars, and the waters remain populated by pods of whales. Bald eagles seem about as common here as pigeons in city parks. It's the kind of place that appears, in many ways, never to have changed.
  • And if forest preservation activists have their way, it won't be changing anytime soon. In February, after 10 years of vacillation on the initiative, the Canadian government vowed to protect more than five million acres of coastal rain forest from logging. If all goes as planned, by the end of 2006 that same protection will extend to include some of the Queen Charlottes.
  • But no one comes to the Queen Charlottes for the city life. Most travelers' main destination is the stunning Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (Gwaii Haanas is "Place of Wonder" in Haida, which is also the name of the language), co-managed by the Haida and the Canadian government. On Anthony Island (SGaang Gwaii), are the ruins of an old Haida village. It's one of the few places in the world where ancient totem poles are still in their original setting.

COURSE: As you leave the channel and the the water spreads out into the actual Masset Inlet, you will pass a small island to starboard. When it is at 3 o'clock, set your heading for 200 degrees.

  • 10 miles ahead, there is a tall mountain, your VFR waypoint is head for the port side of that mountain. We will make a course change before we approach it.

COURSE: As we approach the shoreline, look for an "inlet" into Juskatla Inlet beyond. Fly over that small inlet.

COURSE: With windage, adjust your course to fly over a small island in that inlet, continue on a heading of 200.

  • NOTAM: Turn off AutoPilot (if on) and assume landing configuration, flaps, lower speed, and got to a 500 foot altitude.

COURSE: You will see a point 4 miles ahead coming from port. Your destination is in cove tucked in to left of the actual point.

COURSE: As you approach the point, you will see a cove formed by a peninsula of islands, to the left of the point. Land in that cove, the Masset Inlet Cabin is straight ahead.

Doug Linn
Charter Manager
Misty Moorings, Inc