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The Discovery Islands are the islands in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland in British Columbia. These islands are sometimes considered to be part of the Northern Gulf Islands. The Discovery Passage starts where the Strait of Georgia narrows between Quadra Island and 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 and Cortes Island have ferry service. The remainder are served by private boat or float plane. The 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 are (roughly from west to east, then north to south, with some of the smaller islands indicated next to a nearby larger island):

Strathcona Regional District

Hardwicke Island (north: Poyntz, Seymour, Murray; west: Yorke; south: Helmcken) West Thurlow Island East Thurlow Island (west: Walkem Islands; south: Tum) Sonora Island (northwest: Hardinge, Block) Stuart Island Quadra Island (north: Okis Islands) Maurelle Island Read Island (east: Hill Island, Penn Islands) Rendezvous Islands

Raza Island

West Redonda Island (south: Mink, Kinghorn, and the Martin Islands; north: Elizabeth) East Redonda Island (south: Melville, Morgan, Eveleigh, Otter, and the William Islands; north: Double, Channel) Marina Island Cortes Island (west: Subtle Islands) Twin Islands

Powell River Regional District

Hernando Island (east: Copeland Islands) Savary Island

See also[edit]

Gulf Islands Queen Charlotte Strait

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Discovery Islands.

Discovery Islands

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The Discovery Islands of British Columbia

Cortes Hardwicke Hernando Maurelle Quadra Read East and West Redonda Sonora Rendezvous Stuart East and West Thurlow Twin

Coordinates: 50°16′41″N 125°09′08″W / 50.27806°N 125.15222°W / 50.27806; -125.15222

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Historical geographic regions of British Columbia

British Columbia Coast

Alberni Valley Central Coast Comox Valley Cowichan Valley Discovery Islands Fraser Valley Greater Nanaimo Greater Vancouver Greater Victoria Gulf Islands Malahat Skeena Country North Island Nass Country North Coast Queen Charlotte Islands Sea-to-Sky Corridor Sunshine Coast West Coast of Vancouver Island

British Columbia Interior

Atlin Country Boundary Country Bridge River Country Bulkley Valley Cariboo Cassiar Country Chilcotin Country Columbia Country Fraser Canyon Kootenays Liard Country Lillooet Country Nechako Country Nicola Country Okanagan Omineca Country Peace River Country Robson Valley Shuswap Country Similkameen Country Skeena Country Slocan Valley Stikine Country Thom