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Queen Charlotte Strait

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Queen Charlotte Strait is located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, separating Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, and connecting Queen Charlotte Sound to the north with Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait, Discovery Passage and the Strait of Georgia to the south.

The northern boundary of Queen Charlotte Strait is identified by a line extending from Cape Sutil in Cape Scott Provincial Park at the north end of Vancouver Island, to Cape Caution on the BC mainland. The southern end of Queen Charlotte Strait is located north and east of Malcolm Island, close to the Broughton Archipelago.

Marine vessels and cruise ships travelling from Vancouver, Seattle or Puget Sound in Washington State to Alaska via the Inside Passage will traverse the Strait of Georgia, Discovery Passage, Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait - in that order - in order to reach Queen Charlotte Sound and Hecate Strait (between Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands and the BC mainland south of Prince Rupert) before reaching the waters of Alaska.

According to Captain George Vancouver, Queen Charlotte Strait was named in 1786 after Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III, by Mr. S. Wedgeborough, commander of the trading vessel Experiment. Queen charlotte (1744 - 1818) was the youngest daughter of a brother of the third duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. With the royal marriage arranged, she travelled to England in 1761 and married George 111 the very day they met, eventually bearing the king fifteen children.

Location: Queen Charlotte Strait is located between the northern coast of Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, accessed from Port Hardy and Port McNeill on North Vancouver Island.

  • Port Hardy
    Port Hardy is located at the northern end of Island Highway 19, which runs the length of Vancouver Island, from Victoria in the south. Port Hardy is the largest community on the North Island, with many services and facilities, marinas and marine services, sport fishing operations, and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
  • Port McNeill
    The town of Port McNeill is a thriving community on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. As well as being the centre of North Island logging operations, the town's sheltered harbour is also a launching point for sportsfishing enthusiasts who test their skills in the maze of waterways between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
  • Malcolm Island
    Malcolm Island is a picturesque island offshore from Port McNeill, offering scenic beauty, excellent fishing and a fascinating history. Originally established as a Finnish settlement nearly a century ago, the Finnish culture still exists today, and is evident in the neat and tidy houses and gardens that surround the town of Sointula.

  • Broughton Archipelago, Queen Charlotte Strait
    Broughton Archipelago Marine Park is a wilderness area consisting of a maze of several small islands, numerous islets and adjacent foreshore at the southern extremity of Queen Charlotte Strait, off the west coast of Gilford Island. The islands in the marine park are undeveloped and largely undiscovered. Facilities are limited to a day-use recreation site. The numerous remote, solitary islands incorporated in the park are fabulous for exploring by kayak, and provide unlimited and unique fishing and swimming opportunities.
  • Gods Pocket Marine Provincial Park provides some of the best underwater scuba diving on the Pacific Coast. Most diving takes place in nearby Browning Pass, an area rated by the late underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of the best cold water diving destinations in the world. Gods Pocket is made up of a group of islands, the largest of which are Bull and Hurst Islands, about 20kms due north of Port Hardy.
  • Cape Scott Provincial Park is a rugged and rain-soaked wilderness at the north end of Vancouver Island, with a network of trails originally cut by enterprising Danish settlers that makes it a paradise for the well-prepared hiker. From the park's main parking lot, historic trails traverse the upland areas in two directions, either north to Cape Scott or southwest to San Josef Bay. The North Coast Trail extends a further 43.1 km from Nissen Bight to Shushartie Bay. There are more than 35 miles of ocean frontage within the park, composed of rocky headlands and promonotories interspersed with wide, sandy beaches. Cape Scott's strategic location means that it is a natural gathering place for migratory birds. Cape Scott Park is also home to wolves and bears.
  • North of Queen Charlotte Strait is Blackfish Sound, consisting of countless islands and inlets offering beautiful natural scenery, awesome kayaking and superb fishing in sheltered and tranquil waters. Blackfish Sound connects to Johnstone Strait, a deep and narrow glacier-carved passage extending roughly from Telegraph Cove in the north to Rock Bay in the south. Johnstone Strait serves as an important thoroughfare for marine vessels that include cargo freighters and cruise ships bound for Alaska in the summer months.
  • North of Queen Charlotte Strait is Rivers Inlet, carved deep into the rugged Coast Mountains the remote and beautiful Central Coast of British Columbia. Rivers Inlet is one of the many famous sport fishing destinations in British Columbia, with an impressive history of producing some of the largest Chinook Salmon in the world. Fly-in trophy salmon fishing lodges and rustic fishing camps are located in Rivers Inlet, while luxury sport fishing cruising vessels serve as floating hotels, providing wilderness fishing adventures of a lifetime.


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  Northern Lights Restaurant, Port McNeill Listing Details 
The Northern Lights Restaurant is known among Islanders as the nicest dining room with the very best food in all of Northern Vancouver Island. Starting from 7 am, 6 days a week with a hearty breakfast, through a delicious lunch to a relaxing dinner after a full day of work or sightseeing, you'll enjoy the ambiance of this unique dining experience. Our diners enjoy fresh, premium seafood from our local West Coast prepared with care and pride - all at affordable prices. Reservations are advised.
 
  Ocean Light II Adventures, Vancouver Listing Details 
Ocean Light II is a beautiful and spacious 71ft sailboat offering comfort, a classic natural wood interior, 5 guest cabins, fishing gear, 7 seakayaks, and a 19ft hard-bottom inflatable. Her crew has 34 years of experience offering natural history and photography tours on the BC Coast, including Haida Gwaii, and specializing in grizzly viewing tours in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, and spirit bear and grizzly tours in the Great Bear Rainforest. We also offer whale watching and eco tours, from totems to intertidal treasures, rocky shores to sandy beaches, and spawning salmon to towering trees. We offer five spectacular adventure trips between May and October, each to a different region and each highlighting the awe-inspiring beauty of the beautiful BC coast.
 
  Seasmoke Whale Watching, Alert Bay Listing Details 
Join our unique Eco 'Sail with the Whales' tours to view humpback whales and orcas (killer whales) near Alert Bay and Telegraph Cove in Johnstone Strait; these waters are regarded as one of the best places in Canada for whale watching. Our accommodations in the seaside village of Alert Bay are self-catering houses and suites with wonderful ocean views. They are available for daily/weekly rental.
 
  Stubbs Island Whale Watching, Telegraph Cove Listing Details 
Stubbs Island Whale Watching was the first whale watching company established in British Columbia. Operating out of Telegraph Cove, on north eastern Vancouver Island, we cruise the calm protected waters of the Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Archipelago. Stubbs Island Whale Watching is dedicated to responsible wildlife viewing and birding tour adventures with true educational merit. These waters are home to the incredible Orcas (Killer Whales), humpback whales, Steller sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, bald eagles and so much more.
 
  Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, North Island Listing Details 
Enjoy the majesty of the coastal mountains as we explore spectacular Knight Inlet. Experience the thrill of a lifetime watching grizzly bears catch salmon. We view the grizzly bears from the safety and comfort of our big flat-bottom viewing boats. Their shallow draught gets us in close to the action. Tide Rip Grizzly Tours offers the only day trips by water taxi from Telegraph Cove to see the grizzlies in the land of the Da'Naxda'xw First Nations. Bring your camera, as black bears, bald eagles, and porpoises are everywhere!
 
  BC Oceanfront: Ed Handja & Shelley McKay, Campbell River Listing Details 
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“BC Oceanfront” - Coast Realty’s Residential and Coastal Experts specializing in selling local residential, recreational, unique oceanfront and commercial real estate throughout Vancouver Island, Discovery Islands, the Outer Islands and the BC Mainland Coast. From homes to small oceanfront recreational lots, lakefront, remote island acreages, private islands and resorts – BCO has the Coast covered!
 
  Black Bear Resort, Port McNeill Listing Details 
Black Bear Resort in the beautiful coastal community of Port McNeill is the newest property on Northern Vancouver Island, offering elegant accommodation on the fringe of a natural forest with beautiful ocean views. The stylish cedar resort boasts 40 tastefully decorated guestrooms each with stunning views of the protected harbour, Malcolm Island, and the coastal mountains of the BC mainland.
 
  Bluewater Adventures, Vancouver Listing Details 
Explore BC and Southeast Alaska with Bluewater Adventures aboard our 70' yachts sailing the BC Inside Passage, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Gwaii Haanas National Park, the Great Bear Rainforest, and Vancouver Island. You'll see whales, Grizzly, Black and Kermode bears, and experience ancient native villages and Haida culture, primeval forests, wilderness, and amazing coastal wildlife.
 
  Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn, Broughton Archipelago Listing Details 
Sea Kayak in comfort based from our ocean-side, or float-house accommodations in the wilderness of the Broughton Archipelago, a kayak paradise. Enjoy sumptuous catered meals, or cook for yourself. Guided kayak tours, lessons and rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours and kayak transport. We also offer Acupressure massage on-site. Surround yourself with ocean, beaches, trails, an inland lake, and quiet beauty.
 
  Classic Yacht Charters, Nanaimo Listing Details 
Craving a change from the 'everyday'? Dreaming of running away to sea? Welcome aboard our historical 'Mission Ship'. Design your private voyage into BC's coastal playground. Indulge your interests: fishing, clamming, rowing, kayaking, whale watching... Cruise in comfort and safety with our Coast Guard licensed Captain and crew. Discover how your chef turns meal times into taste extravaganzas.
 
  Ecosummer Expeditions, Clearwater Listing Details 
Ecosummer Expeditions is a world-class leader in Adventure Travel Tours and BC's original sea kayaking outfit since 1976. We specialize in sea kayaking wilderness expeditions, outdoor hiking and backpacking trips, coastal cruises, canoeing, and first nations native culture. We offer guided adventure travel tours and expeditions to Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, Gulf Islands, the Interior BC, and the Great Bear Rainforest, including the Khutzeymateen Valley and Princess Royal Island. Wildlife viewing includes grey whales, orcas, grizzly bears, kermode spirit bears, marine mammals, and rainforest ecology.
 
  Glen Lyon Inn & Suites, Port Hardy Listing Details 
Welcome to a waterfront Port Hardy hotel with modern deluxe hotel rooms and Banquet Rooms on beautiful Northern Vancouver Island. All rooms and suites face Hardy Bay, offering spectacular million-dollar views. From your balcony, watch the fish jumping at the mouth of the Glen Lyon River during spawning season, and listen to the ocean at night. Family restaurant and lounge. Near Port Hardy town centre, bus and ferry. Adjacent to Marina.
 
  Haida Way Hotel, Port McNeill Listing Details 
Haida Way Hotel is Port McNeill’s largest and most popular accommodation and hospitality complex. Located near Port McNeill downtown, the Haida Way is within walking distance of shopping, the harbour and the ferry terminal. We have 70 cozy guestrooms and suites, and our own full-service Northern Lights Restaurant, lively pub, liquor store, and banquet and meeting room. Featuring killer whale and grizzly bear watching tours, salmon and halibut fishing, and kayaking expeditions.
 
  Hidden Cove Lodge, Port McNeill Listing Details 
A west coast cedar lodge on northern Vancouver Island, 20 minutes from the boardwalk Village of Telegraph Cove, with 8 fully accommodated rooms, a licensed dining room, and 2 self-contained ocean view cottages for those seeking complete privacy. Kayak to Robson Bight to view killer whales, or watch black bear, deer and river otter from our patio.
 
  Legacy Lodge, Rivers Inlet Listing Details 
Legacy Lodge offers a premier sportfishing experience found nowhere else, in harmony with the natural environment and in a world all its own. Here on the protected waters of Rivers Inlet, all the elements converge for epic fishing adventures with 50 pound Chinook, 20 pound Cohos and Halibut that await your challenge. Come experience the ultimate in fishing adventures, and renew your passion for the great outdoors.
 
  Mothership Adventures, Quadra Island Listing Details 
Explore our remote coastal wilderness aboard the heritage vessel Columbia III! Join us for exhilarating and unforgettable BC adventure tours that include sea kayaking, eco adventure, natural history, First Nations culture, extraordinary wildlife viewing, photography and painting. Experience sand beaches, stunning fjords, lush estuaries, and exceptional wildlife viewing of whales and bears. Travel in luxury with a certified hospitable crew, qualified guides, gourmet food and comfortable accommodation aboard the luxury Mothership.
 
  North Shore Inn, Port Hardy Listing Details 
North Shore Inn is located in downtown Port Hardy, at the northernmost end of Island Highway 19, two blocks from the bus terminal, a 7-minute drive from the Ferry Terminal (Prince Rupert/Inside Passage), and 10 minutes from the Airport. All rooms have an ocean view, and children under the age of 12 stay free when accompanied by adult. There's also a popular Japanese restaurant on the premises.
 
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