Vancouver Island Overview

  • Vancouver Island covers 31,284 sq. km (19,439 sq. mi.); it is Canada’s tenth-largest island.
  • It is the visible part of an underwater mountain chain and is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Juan de Fuca, Johnstone and Georgia Straits.
  • The southwest coast of Vancouver Island is famous for having more than 200 shipwrecks. The wild and long West Coast Trail was built to help shipwrecked people survive.
  • The name Gulf Islands is used to describe over 200 islands and islets in the Georgia Strait between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island. Saltspring and Hornby Islands are examples.
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