Vancouver Island

VANCOUVER ISLAND, 31,284 sq km, is Canada's tenth-largest island and the largest on the Pacific Coast of N America.

Physical Geography

The exposed top of a submerged mountain system, it lies parallel to the continent on a northeast–southeast axis, extending 460 km from JUAN DE FUCA STRAIT to Queen Charlotte Strait. JOHNSTONE STRAIT in the north and GEORGIA STRAIT in the south separate it from the BC mainland. A rugged spine of mountains rises to altitudes in excess of 2,000 m,...

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