Named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 on account of the gloomy appearance of the surrounding country. The following takenfrom his journal give Vancouver's impressions of the place where his vessels were at anchor while his boats were examining the vicinity in June 1792: "Our residence here was truly forelorn; an awful silence pervaded the gloomy forests, whilst animated nature seemed to have deserted the neighbouring country, whose soil afforded only a few small onions, some samphire and here and there bushes bearing a scanty crop of indifferent berries. Nor was the sea more favourable to our wants, the steep rocky shores prevented the use of the seine, and not a fish at the bottom could be tempted to take the hook."
Malaspina Strait is a strait in the northern Gulf of Georgia-Sunshine Coast region of British Columbia, Canada. It separates Texada Island from the upper Sunshine Coast-Malaspina Peninsula area on the adjacent mainland. The strait and the peninsula were named in 1859 by Captain George Henry Richards of the Plumper in honor of Alessandro Malaspina, an Italian noble who commanded one of the exploration ships during the Spanish exploration of the British Columbia Coast. Richards' choice of name was probably influenced by the nearby Malaspina Inlet, named in 1792 by Galiano and Valdés, who had been officers serving under Malaspina.
Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park was established in July of 1971 and consists of a small chain of islands, islets and rocks in Thulin Passage. It is an excellent destination for kayakers, since it is a good stopover point between Lund and Desolation Sound. This area also provides opportunities for scuba diving, wildlife viewing, wilderness camping, swimming and fishing. There are limited anchorages for small vessels.
Agamemnon Channel is a channel or strait in British Columbia, Canada, located at the mouth of Jervis Inlet on the South Coast, separating Nelson Island from the mainland of the Sunshine Coast. Agamemnon Channel was named in 1860 by Captain George Henry Richards of HMS Plumper in honour of the 64-gun third rate HMS Agamemnon, the first line-of-battle ship commanded by Horatio Nelson, for whom adjacent Nelson Island was also named. Launched in 1781, her first commander was Captain Benjamin Caldwell. At the Battle of Trafalgar she was under the command of Captain Sir Edward Berry. She ran aground in the Rio de la Plata in 1809, and was a total loss.
In 1903 it was named after the Spanish navigator Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, who explored and settled the Vancouver Island area in the late 18th century. It is separated from Vancouver Island by Discovery Passage, and from Cortes Island, and is linked to that island by a ferry from Heriot Bay on its eastern shore. The Southern Kwakiutl (part of the larger Kwakwaka'wakw ethnic grouping) migrated into the northern Georgia Strait from Queen Charlotte Strait over two centuries ago, displacing and absorbing the Comox and Pentlatch peoples who formerly lived there.
Cortes Island is part of the archipelago known as the Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada, which lie beyond the northern end of the Gulf of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Mainland. It is also considered to be part of the Northern Gulf Islands. Cortes lies on the far side of Quadra Island from the city of Campbell River, separated from Quadra Island by Sutil Channel. The entire island is part of the traditional territories of the We Wai Kai, Kwiakah, Homalco, and Klahoose First Nations, with the office of the Klahoose First Nation located on the island. The island's southern tip is also part of the traditional territory of the Sliammon people.
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