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The DISCOVERY ISLANDS are the islands in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island
and the mainland in British Columbia
British Columbia
. These islands are sometimes considered to be part of the Northern Gulf Islands .

The Discovery Passage
Discovery Passage
starts where the Strait of Georgia
Strait of Georgia
narrows between Quadra Island
Quadra Island
and Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island
and continues north to Chatham Point, where it meets the Nodales Channel and Johnstone Strait . The complex geography of the area can make it difficult to determine when travelling by boat if a sighted coastline belongs to the mainland, Vancouver Island, or one of the Discovery Islands.

Most of these islands have very few residents. The primary attraction to visitors is the salmon fishing and there are numerous fishing lodges. Only Quadra Island
Quadra Island
and Cortes Island
Cortes Island
have ferry service. The remainder are served by private boat or float plane .

The Discovery Islands
Discovery Islands
are all located within the Strathcona Regional District , except for a few of the southernmost, such as Hernando Island and Savary Island , which are in the Powell River Regional District . The larger islands within the Discovery Islands