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The Strait of Juan de Fuca separates Vancouver Island of British Columbia from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.
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The Strait of Juan de Fuca separates Vancouver Island of British Columbia from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca is the principal outlet for the Georgia Strait and Puget Sound, connecting both to the Pacific Ocean. It provides part of the International Boundary between the United States and Canada. It was named in 1788 by the English Captain John Meares of the ship Felice for Juan de Fuca, the Greek sailor who claimed to have gone on a voyage with Spanish explorers in 1592 to seek the fabled Strait of Anián. Download high resolution version (866x673, 153 KB)Description: Shaded-relief map of Vancouver Island and neighboring parts of British Columbia and Washington State. ... Download high resolution version (866x673, 153 KB)Description: Shaded-relief map of Vancouver Island and neighboring parts of British Columbia and Washington State. ... Strait of Georgia at sunset The Strait of Georgia (also known as Georgia Strait and the Gulf of Georgia) is a 240 km (150 mi)-long strait between Vancouver Island (as well as its nearby Gulf Islands) and the mainland Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada. ... Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... Canada and the United States of America share the longest common border among any two countries that is not militarized or actively patrolled. ... 1788 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... John Meares (c. ... Juan de Fuca (born 1536 as Ioannis Phokas in Kefalonia/Greece; † 1602 in Zákynthos/Greece, often reported as Apostolos Valerianos), was a Greek captain employed by Spain to sail northward from Mexico and look for a northern passage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. ... Events January 30 - The death of Pope Innocent IX during the previous year had left the Papal throne vacant. ... The Strait of Anián was the 16th century Spanish name for the Northwest Passage that supposedly connected the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean in the temperate or tropic regions of North America. ...


The United States Geological Survey defines the Strait of Juan de Fuca as a channel. It extends east from the Pacific Ocean between Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, to Haro Strait, San Juan Channel, Rosario Strait, and Puget Sound. The Pacific Ocean boundary is formed by a line between Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island, Washington, and Carmanah Point (Vancouver Island), British Columbia. Its northern boundary follows the shoreline of Vancouver Island to Gonzales Point, then follows a continuous line east to Seabird Point (Discovery Island), British Columbia, Cattle Point (San Juan Island), Washington, Iceberg Point (Lopez Island), Point Colville (Lopez Island), and then over Rosario Head (Fidalgo Island). The eastern boundary is a continuous line extending south from Rosario Head along Whidbey Island to Point Partridge and south to Point Wilson (Quimper Peninsula). The Olympic Peninsula of the State of Washington forms the southern boundary of the strait. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ... In physical geography, a channel is the physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks. ... Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Strait, and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages English de facto (none stated in law) Flower Pacific dogwood Tree Western Redcedar Bird Stellers Jay Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area... The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,824 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... Cape Flattery is the furthest northwest point of the contiguous United States. ... Tatoosh Island is an island about a half mile off Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages English de facto (none stated in law) Flower Pacific dogwood Tree Western Redcedar Bird Stellers Jay Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area... Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Strait, and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. ... Discovery Island is an island in Bay Lake at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. ... A forest on San Juan Island San Juan Island is the second-largest and most populous of the San Juan Islands in northwestern Washington, USA. Washington State Ferries serves Friday Harbor, which is San Juan Islands major population center, the San Juan County seat, and the only incorporated town... Lopez Island is the third largest of the U.S. San Juan Islands, and the first stop of four on the Washington State Ferries San Juan Islands run. ... Lopez Island is the third largest of the U.S. San Juan Islands, and the first stop of four on the Washington State Ferries San Juan Islands run. ... Fidalgo Island is an island in Skagit County, Washington, located about two hours north of Seattle by automobile. ... Whidbey Island Whidbey Island (historical spelling Whidby) is an island forming the northern boundary of the Puget Sound in Washington State, USA. It is part of Island County, and is home to more than 58,000 residents, known as Whidbey Islanders. It is located about 30 miles (50 km) north... Point Partridge is the most westerly point of Whidbey Island, the largest island in Puget Sound. ... Point Wilson is on the Fort Worden Military Reservation about two miles north of Port Townsend, Washington. ... The Quimper Peninsula is a narrow peninsula forming the most northeastern extent of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in the northwestern United States of America. ... The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. ...

The waters of the strait looking southwest towards the Olympic Peninsula
The waters of the strait looking southwest towards the Olympic Peninsula

Because it is exposed to the generally westerly winds and waves of the Pacific, seas and weather in Juan de Fuca Strait are, on average, rougher than in the more protected waters inland. An international vehicle ferry crosses the Strait from Port Angeles, Washington to Victoria, British Columbia several times each day, as do passenger ferries of the Washington State Ferry system and a private high-speed ferry between Victoria, British Columbia and Seattle. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 1959 KB)The Juan de Fuca Strait looking southwesterly towards the Olympic Peninsula. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 1959 KB)The Juan de Fuca Strait looking southwesterly towards the Olympic Peninsula. ... The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. ... The Pride of Rotterdam, One of the P&O Ferriess Flagships operating the Hull-Rotterdam Route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ... Port Angeles is a city located in Clallam County, Washington. ... Victoria is a Canadian city, and the provincial capital of British Columbia. ... A Washington State Ferry arrives in Downtown Seattle. ... Victoria is a Canadian city, and the provincial capital of British Columbia. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Area    - City 369. ...


This strait remains the subject of a maritime boundary dispute between Canada and the US.[citation needed]


Counties along the Strait of Juan de Fuca:

Regional districts along the Strait of Juan de Fuca: Clallam County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington and named after Thomas Jefferson. ... Island County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... San Juan County is a county located in the state of Washington, comprised of the San Juan Islands. ...

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See also

Although Canada and The United States share the longest non-militarized border between two countries, there are four areas whose ownership is still disputed. ...

External links

  • Source: United States Geological Survey

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