Graham Island

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Graham
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Haida Gwaii, off the coast of BC. Graham Island is the large northern island. Alaska is the next land to the north of this map.
Graham Island is located in British Columbia
Graham Island
Graham Island (British Columbia, Canada)
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 53°40′N 132°30′W / 53.667°N 132.500°W / 53.667; -132.500Coordinates: 53°40′N 132°30′W / 53.667°N 132.500°W / 53.667; -132.500
Archipelago Haida Gwaii
Area 6,361 km2 (2,456 sq mi)
Country
Canada
Province  British Columbia
Largest city Queen Charlotte City (pop. 948)
Demographics
Population 4475 (as of 2001)
Density 0.70 /km2 (1.81 /sq mi)

Graham Island is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands), lying off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.[1] It is separated only by a narrow channel from the other principal island of the group, Moresby Island (a.k.a. Gwaii Haanas in the language of the Haida people). It has a population of 4,475 (2001 census), and an area of 6,361 km² (2,456 sq.mi.), and is the 101st largest island in the world, and Canada's 22nd largest island.

Graham Island was named in 1853 by James Charles Prevost, commander of HMS Virago, for Sir James Graham, 2nd Baronet, who was First Lord of the Admiralty at the time.[2]

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  1. ^ "Graham Island". BC Geographical Names. http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/28939.html.
  2. ^ Middleton, Lynn (1969). Place Names of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Victoria: Elldee Publishing. p. 92. OCLC 16729415. 

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