Queen Charlotte Strait
Queen Charlotte Strait is the body of water that separates northeastern Vancouver Island from mainland British Columbia. Its waters merge with Queen Charlotte Sound to the north and, as it hits the cluster of islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland, it eventually connects to Johnstone Strait to the south.
This strait was, along with other “Queen Charlotte” locations, named after Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), wife to King George III of England. The prevailing view is that James Strange, an English fur trader, named it in 1786 during an expedition to the region.
  • 1. Andrew Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009), 486.
  • 2. Ibid.
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