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Queen Charlotte Islands


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An archipelago off the western coast of British Columbia, Canada, separated from Vancouver Island to the southeast by Queen Charlotte Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • proper n. Haida Gwaii.


Named by George Dixon, who surveyed the archipelago in 1787, after one of his ships, the Queen Charlotte, which itself was named in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III of the United Kingdom. (Wiktionary)


  • The crisis of conscience began when Duff and his friend, artist and broadcaster Bill Reid, led an expedition to Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the British Columbia coast also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, in 1957.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Vast natural riches are spread above and below the tidemarks of 200 islands strewn throughout the southern third of Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).

    The Georgia Straight - News And Views

  • The first quake had a magnitude of 6.6 and was recorded just off the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, around 7: 30 a.m. PT.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Another, Juan Pérez, reached the 54th parallel, discovering Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island and, further north, the Queen Charlotte Islands.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • When some British merchant traders arrived at the Queen Charlotte Islands expecting the native population to be awed at the ‘shiny beads’ – the Haida just saw them as sort of “slave take out – delivered!”

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • I'm definitely hoping to make it to the Queen Charlotte Islands.

    Royal British Columbia Museum: Old Town, Cruise, Long House & slutty wharf women

  • Physiographically, the Queen Charlotte Islands are characterized by irregular, steep slopes in the west and gently sloping lowlands in the east.

    Queen Charlotte Islands

  • The Queen Charlotte Islands represent a major offshore archipelago of islands separated from the British Columbia and Alaskan mainland by Hectate Strait at a distance of approximately 75-100 kilometers (km).

    Queen Charlotte Islands

  • Approximately 50% of the habitat has been altered on the Queen Charlotte Islands, primarily as a result of clearcut logging.

    Queen Charlotte Islands

  • In addition, the Alexander Archipelago and Queen Charlotte Islands to the south contain endemic subspecies of invertebrates, birds, and mammals.

    Northern Pacific coastal forests


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