Esquimalt Harbour

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Esquimalt Harbour
Russian tall ship Pallada is seen between Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd in 2005
Country Canada
Location Esquimalt, British Columbia
Coordinates 48°26′00″N 123°26′00″W / 48.43333°N 123.43333°W / 48.43333; -123.43333Coordinates: 48°26′00″N 123°26′00″W / 48.43333°N 123.43333°W / 48.43333; -123.43333
Queen's Harbour Master Commander A. James[1]
Esquimalt Harbour is located in British Columbia
Esquimalt Harbour
Location of Esquimalt Harbour in British Columbia at the southest end of Vancouver Island

Esquimalt Harbour is a sheltered body of water in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is connected to the Strait of Juan de Fuca by a narrow channel known as Royal Roads. Its entrance is marked by Fisgard Lighthouse.

Esquimalt Harbour is home to the Canadian Forces Maritime Forces Pacific, based at CFB Esquimalt. It was the home of the Esquimalt Royal Navy Dockyard from 1842 to 1905.

Just to the east of Esquimalt Harbour lies Victoria Harbour.

In the summer of 1790 Manuel Quimper, Gonzalo López de Haro, and Juan Carrasco aboard the Princesa Real explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca where they claimed Esquimalt Harbour for Spain, naming it Puerto de Córdova.

Canadian warships docked at CFB Esquimalt July 2005


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