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North Coast
Regional district
North Coast Regional District
Canadian National train entering Prince Rupert
Canadian National train entering Prince Rupert
Official logo of North Coast
A map of British Columbia depicting its 29 regional districts and equivalent municipalities. One is highlighted in red.
Location in British Columbia
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Administrative office location Prince Rupert
 • Type Regional district
 • Body Board of Directors
 • Land 19,775.41 km2 (7,635.33 sq mi)
 • Total 18,133
 • Density 0.917/km2 (2.38/sq mi)

The North Coast Regional District (until 2016 known as the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District) is a quasi-municipal administrative area in British Columbia. It is located on British Columbia's west coast and includes Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), the largest of which are Graham Island and Moresby Island. Its administrative offices are in the City of Prince Rupert.


  • Area: 19,716.14 km²
  • Population (2006): 19,664

Electoral areas

  • Area A - Skeena North: 29
    • Dodge Cove (unincorporated community): 29 (down from 52 in 2011)
  • Area C - Skeena South: 147
    • Oona River (unincorporated community): 147 (up from 37 in 2011)
  • Area D - Haida Gwaii North: 524
    • Rural Graham Island: 524 (down from 607 in 2006)
  • Area E - Haida Gwaii South: 317
    • pop 2011 was 317, down from 402 in 2006
      • Sandspit (unincorporated community): 297 (down from 387 in 2006)



Ethnic groups in Skeena-Queen Charlotte RD (2016)
Source: [1]
Population  %
Ethnic group European 9,360 52.3%
Aboriginal 7,610 42.5%
Southeast Asian 450 2.5%
South Asian 420 2.3%
Chinese 250 1.4%
Filipino 250 1.4%
Japanese 95 0.5%
Black 75 0.4%
Latin American 25 0.1%
West Asian 20 0.1%
Korean 10 0.1%
Arab 0 0%
Multiple minorities 40 0.2%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 20 0.1%
Total population 18,133 100%

Indian reserves

In addition to 7,700 aboriginal persons listed in the regional district's community profile at Statistics Canada, there are four separate Indian reserve communities within the regional district whose populations are not included within the regional district's figures, and which are governed separately by their respective band governments. These Indian reserves are:

  • Old Massett (Masset Indian Reserve No. 1);
  • Skidegate (Skidegate Indian Reserve No. 1);
  • Metlakatla; and
  • Lax Kw'alaams (Port Simpson Indian Reserve No. 1).

Past naming

The Regional District had historically been called the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District, referring to its location on the Skeena River and the Queen Charlotte archipelago. Once the Queen Charlottes were renamed Haidi Gwaii to reflect their Indigenous heritage, discussions began about renaming the Regional District to reflect the update. In September 2016, letters patent were granted renaming it to the North Coast Regional District

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