Discovery Passage

Discovery Passage (French: passage Discovery) is a channel that forms part of the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the Discovery Islands which lie off the British Columbia coast north of the Georgia Strait. It was named by Captain Vancouver for his ship, HMS Discovery.[1] Other sources say that the passage was named by Captain Kellett because Vancouver's Discovery had sailed through the passage earlier. [2]:63 Most of the eastern shoreline of the passage is Quadra Island, with Sonora Island forming the shoreline at the northern end where Discovery Passage meets Johnstone Strait. The southern end of Discovery Passage enters the Strait of Georgia. It is 25 km (16 mi) in length and is typically about 2 km (1.2 mi) in width, less at Seymour Narrows which lies in the lower half of Discovery Passage.

The passage is a significant shipping route as it is the preferred channel for vessels' entering or leaving the Georgia Strait from the north. It forms a part of the Inside Passage shipping route in the Salish Sea.

See also


  1. "Discovery Passage". BC Geographical Names.
  2. Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1986), British Columbia Place Names (3rd, 1997 ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, ISBN 0-7748-0636-2

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