Loughborough Inlet penetrates deep into the Coast Mountain Range of mainland British Columbia, midway between Knight Inlet to the west and Bute Inlet to the east, north of Central Vancouver Island.
The inlet averages 1.6 miles (2.5 km) wide and is approximately 22 miles (35 km) in length from its mouth, where Chancellor Channel and Cordero Channel meet off the north coast of West Thurlow Island, to its head at the mouth of the Stafford River, at the base of Mt. Blake and Mt. Henry.
Loughborough Inlet was name by Captain George Vancouver after Scottish advocate Alexander Wedderburn, first Baron of Loughborough (1733 – 1805), 1st Earl of Rosslyn, and Lord Chancellor of Great Britain from 1793 to 1801.
Location: Loughborough Inlet is located in the Coast Mountain Range of mainland British Columbia, midway between Knight Inlet and Bute Inlet, north of Central Vancouver Island. The closest access to Loughborough Inlet is from Kelsey Bay on Central Vancouver Island, or the larger centre of Campbell River farther to the southeast in Discovery Passage. Access by boat from the east is through Cordero Channel, via the Yuculta, Dent, and Green Point Rapids, or from western Johnstone Strait through Seymour Narrows, Blind Channel Rapids and Green Point Rapids.
Boating is very popular in the beautiful Loughborough Inlet, with safe anchorages at Beaver Inlet, Sidney Bay and Heydon Bay, or at the head of McBride Bay and Frazer Bay in Cooper Reach.
History: Loughborough Inlet was the site of a now-abandoned salmon cannery at the town of Roy, and several logging camps in Loughborough Inlet were among the first to use trucks for hauling logs to the water during the 1920s.
To the south of Loughborough Inlet is Johnstone Strait, at the western end of Chancellor Channel. Johnstone Strait is a deep and narrow glacier-carved passage located between the east coast of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland, 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.
To the west of Loughborough Inlet is Knight Inlet, bordered by great towering mountains that rise straight out of the sea, cascading waterfalls and waterslides, and a history rich in native culture. Knight Inlet is prime black bear and grizzly bear habitat, bald eagles, orcas and other wildlife are abundant, fishing is superb, and the river system supports a phenomenal fall salmon run.
To the east of Loughborough Inlet is Bute Inlet. Considered one of the grandest fjords in the world, the remote and pristine Bute Inlet is surrounded by the rugged coastal mountains that heave out of the emerald waters and rise to heights of nearly 10,000 feet, capped by the Homathko Icefield and numerous other glaciers in the surrounding mountain ranges. The mist-shrouded inlet boasts magnificent coastal scenery and abundant wildlife.