Passage Island British Columbia Canada Passage Island British Columbia Canada


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Passage Island is located in Howe Sound, Queen Charlotte Channel between West Vancouver and Bowen Island at approximately 49° 20' 34" N / 123° 18' 17" W. The island covers a land area of approximately 13.52 Ha (33.4 Acres) 2.5 km west of Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver. It is a very small island, measuring only .2 km east to west - .6 km north to south, and is divided into 61 legal lots.

Most of the shoreline is rocky, providing limited access by individual lot owners. Only half of the houses have their own access, which is provided by stairs or ladders, or by floating docks with cantilevered ramps.

The island has two rocky beaches, one on either side of the island.

There is no telephone, no water, and no electricity.  You feel like you are a million miles from any city when you visit.


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Passage Island was named in June, 1792 by Captain George Vancouver during his exploration of the Strait of Georgia with his vessels Discovery and Chatham. According to Captain John T. Walbran in B.C. Coast Names, Vancouver named it Passage Island because of its location in the middle of a passage - "The island", he wrote, "when in line with the peak on Anvil Island (behind) is a guide to clear the shoals known as Sandheads off the mouth of the Fraser River."

Aerial view of Passage Island
VPL Accession Number: 16447
Date: unknown date
Photographer / Studio: Frank, Leonard
Topic: Islands
Aerial photographs
Location: British Columbia - Howe Sound
British Columbia - Passage Island
Copyright Restrictions: Public Domain