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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 Marine Provincial 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.

God’s 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.

Ferry Services: Three BC Ferry service routes originate in Queen Charlotte Strait:
Inside Passage: Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (Connect to Haida Gwaii/QC Islands)
Discovery Coast: Port Hardy to Bella Coola (Access to the Chilcotin)
Port McNeill to Sointula and Alert Bay(Malcolm Island and Cormorant Island)

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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Hidden Cove Lodge
Lewis Point P.O. Box 258 Port McNeill BC V0N 2R0 Home Phone: 250-956-3916Home Fax: 250-956-3916Visit Website

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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.

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Stubbs Island Whale Watching
P.O. Box 2-2 Telegraph Cove BC V0N 3J0 Home Phone: 250-928-3185Home Fax: 250-928-3102Work Phone: 1-800-665-3066Visit Website

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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.

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Seasmoke Whale Watching
Box 483 Alert Bay BC V0N 1A0 Home Phone: 250-974-5225Work Phone: 1-800-668-6722Visit Website

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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.

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Classic Yacht Charters
1-5765 Turner Road Nanaimo V9T 6M4 Home Phone: 250-668-2220Work Fax: 1-888-284-7735Visit Website

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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.

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Black Bear Resort & Spa
PO Box 285 1812 Campbell Way Port McNeill BC V0N 2R0 Home Phone: 250-956-4900Work Fax: 250-956-4909Work Phone: 1-866-956-4900Visit Website

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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.

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Ecosummer Expeditions
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 156 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 Ecosummer Orca Camp Warden Beach Vancouver Island BC Home Phone: 250-674-0102Home Fax: 250-674-2197Work Phone: 1-800-465-8884Visit Website

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Awaken to the song of the Humpback whale. Fall asleep beneath the hushed canopy of a temperate rainforest. Fill your days whale-watching, kayaking with Orcas, observing sea lions romp through an underwater forest of kelp, and eagles fishing along the shore. Linger over lunch on a deserted island, scanning the horizon for signs of Orca activity.

Sign up for Ecosummer’s guided Orca Camps to kayak in the realm of Killer Whales. Explore the rainforest, hiking to waterfalls, or along ancient First Nation trails. Marvel when dolphins swim so close you wish you could reach out and touch them. Tune in to the rhythm of the tides. Escape the hubbub of your everyday world and restore life’s equilibrium on the shores of BC’s Johnstone Strait, one of the best places to whale-watch in all of British Columbia. Paddle the same waters as these gentle giants on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with Ecosummer Expeditions for a family vacation you’ll always remember.

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Broughton Archipelago Paddler’s Inn
Adventure Location: Simoom Sound Broughton Archipelago BC Mailing Address: P.O. Box 410 Sointula BC V0N 3E0 Home Phone: 250-230-0088Visit Website

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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.

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Orca Dreams
Box 353 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 Work Phone: 250-202-2765Visit Website

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Orca Dreams offers twenty years experience hosting people from around the world in the wildlife-rich waters of Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Orca Dreams now offers Canada’s first whale-watching camp, with BC packages that include 4 days of luxury camping.

Watch surfacing humpback whales, a passing pod of orcas, or a curious seal pass by while sipping your morning coffee from your waterfront safari-style tent. Whale watch from camp, kayak or boat, surrounded by the rich wildlife of coastal BC.

Orca Dreams is situated within the traditional territory of the Mamalilikula-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation, on Compton Island on the edge of Blackney Pass, one of the most wildlife-rich marine ecosystems in the world. Blackney Pass connects Queen Charlotte Strait with Johnstone Strait where the strong currents churn up nutrients from deep below, feeding everything from small herring to the 40-ton humpback whales.

Blackney Pass is also one of the best places in North America to view Orcas – also known as Killer Whales – as they make their way to and from Johnstone Strait and the rubbing beaches of Robson Bight on Vancouver Island.

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Ocean Light II Adventures
#363 – 1917 West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC V6J 1M7 Home Phone: 604-328-5339Home Fax: 604-731-7066Visit Website

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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.

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Haida Way Hotel
P.O. Box 399 1817 Campbell Way Port McNeill BC V0N 2R0 Home Phone: 250-956-3373Work Fax: 250-956-4710Work Phone: 1-800-956-3373Visit Website

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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, free wireless internet, banquet and meeting room, and our own full-service Northern Lights Restaurant, lively pub, and liquor store. Featuring killer whale and grizzly bear watching tours, salmon and halibut fishing, and kayaking expeditions.

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Legacy Lodge
Fishing Lodge Location: Rivers Inlet BC Mailing Address: P.O. Box 78054 Port Coquitlam BC V3B 7H5 Work Phone: 1-877-347-4534Visit Website

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Legacy Lodge offers a premier sportfishing experience found nowhere else, in harmony with the natural environment and in a world all of its own. Here, on the protected waters of Rivers Inlet, all the elements converge for epic fishing adventures, with 50-pound Chinook, 20-pound Coho salmon, and Halibut that await your challenge. Come experience the ultimate in fishing adventures, and renew your passion for the great outdoors.

Legacy Lodge provides a true awakening to nature and the ultimate sportfishing experience. For couples and families, parties of friends to corporate groups, Legacy Lodge was made for those who yearn for the perfect fishing vacation. Legacy Lodge invites you to come and share your passion for the great outdoors and the thrill of the fishing adventure of a lifetime! Trips book out quickly, so make your reservation now!/p>

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BC Oceanfront: Ed Handja Personal Real Estate Corporation & Shelley McKay Personal Real Estate Corporation
ROYAL LEPAGE Advance Realty Campbell River 972 Shoppers Row Campbell River BC V9W 2C5 Work Phone: 250-286-3293Work Fax: 250-286-1932Work Phone: 1-888-286-1932Cell Phone: 1-250-287-0011 Ed CellCell Phone: 1-250-830-4435 Shelley CellVisit Website

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“BC Oceanfront” – ROYAL LEPAGE Advance Realty Campbell River’s Residential and Coastal Experts specializing in marketing and selling local residential, recreational, unique oceanfront and commercial real estate throughout Vancouver Island, Discovery Islands, the Outer Islands and the BC Mainland Coast. Our real estate listings include homes to small oceanfront and lakefront recreational lots, private islands, remote island acreages, fishing lodges, wilderness / adventure resorts and vacation homes, oceanfront / lakefront cabins, marinas, remote & timbered acreages, and development investment properties on the west coast of BC and Vancouver Island – BCO has the Coast covered!

As an experienced BC realtor, Ed Handja successfully markets and locates real estate on the British Columbia coast for his clients. He’s lived and worked on the coast all his life, traveling from Indian Arm and the Gulf Islands on the southern BC coast, to the Khutzeymateen Valley in the northern most part of British Columbia. Ed is familiar with the west coast of Canada and understands the logistics and considerations required when dealing with the remote and unconventional real estate on the islands and west coast of BC.

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Bluewater Adventures
# 3 – 252 East First Street Vancouver BC V7L 1B3 Home Phone: 604-980-3800Work Fax: 604-980-1800Work Phone: 1-888-877-1770Visit Website

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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.

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Mothership Adventures
P.O. Box 30 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 Home Phone: 250-202-3229Home Phone: 604-677-5692Work Phone: 1-888-833-8887Visit Website

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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.

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