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British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver, Coast, & Mountains
- This is the euphonious 'Gran Canalde Nuestra Senora del Rosario la Marinera' of the Spanish explorers. Captain Vancouver tells of his naming of it:
- On Monday, the 4th lof June 1792, they [his seamen] were served as good a dinner as we were able to provide for them, with a double allowance of grog to drink the King's health, it being the anniversary of His Majesty's birth;
- on which auspicious day, I had long since designed to take formal possession of all the countries we had lately been employed in exploring, in the name of, and for His Britannic Majesty, his heirs and successors.
- To execute this purpose, accompanied by Mr. Broughton and some of the officers, I went ashore about one o'clock, pursuing the usual formalities which are generally observed on such occasions,
- and under the discharge of a royal salute from the vessels, took possession of the coast, from that part of New Albion, in the latitude of 39 degrees 20 minutes north and longitude 236 degrees 26 minutes east,
- to the entrance of this inlet of the sea, said to be the supposed straits of Juan de Fuca: as likewise all the coast islands, etc. within the said straits, as well on the northern as on the southern shores;
- together with those situated in the interior sea we had discovered, extending from the said straits, in various directions, Imagebetween the northwest, north, east, and southern quarters;
- which interior sea I have honored with the name Of THE GULF OF GEORGIA.
- On 27 November 1858, Captain G.H. Richards wrote to the Hydrographer of the Royal Navy: 'You will observe that I have called the Gulf of Georgia a Strait in the Chart; it seemed a more appropriate name and I thought it better to alter it at once.'
- (from georgiastrait.org) The Strait of Georgia lies between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland, with the Canada-US border running to its south.
- It is about two-thirds the length of Vancouver Island, running from its southern tip, north to where its waters narrow to almost meet the mainland coast.
- This northern area is choked with small islands and rapid tidal passages. Beyond that point, Johnstone Strait stretches northwest to meet Queen Charlotte Strait, then the open Pacific Ocean.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
Address of this page: http://bc.ruralroutes.com/GeorgiaStrait