Stuart Island (British Columbia)

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Stuart Island
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Stuart Island is located at the mouth of Bute Inlet.
Geography
Location British Columbia British Columbia
Coordinates 50°23′N 125°6.5′W / 50.383°N 125.1083°W / 50.383; -125.1083
Archipelago Discovery Islands
Country

Stuart Island is one of the Discovery Islands of British Columbia, which lie between northern Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Coast. It is privately owned and has no ferry access. It is at the mouth of Bute Inlet[1] to the east of the larger Sonora Island. The island,[2]:474 and Bute Inlet,[2]:73 were named for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1762 to 1763.

The island is mostly home to exclusive fishing lodges and large private estates. Most of the visitors arrive by float plane or helicopter. Nanook Lodge is the only fishing/adventure lodge open to the public on Stuart Island and has scheduled daily seaplane service from Seattle.

Among the property owners on this island is Dennis Washington, a Montana businessman and owner of the Seaspan Marine Corporation and Dave Ritchie, a Vancouver businessman. On his estate Dennis Washington has blasted out of the granite a 9-hole golf course.

Stuart Island has a paved, private airstrip. It does not appear on any aeronautical chart or in the Canada Flight Supplement.[citation needed] while the Big Bay Water Aerodrome is.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stuart Island". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ a b Walbran, Captain John T. (1971), British Columbia Place Names, Their Origin and History (Facsimile reprint of 1909 ed.), Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, ISBN 0-88894-143-9