Howe Sound is a body of water just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is comprised of a number of small fjords separated by a number of islands. I grew up on the Sunshine Coast to the north, and have ridden the BC (British Columbia) Ferry across the sound on more occasions than I care to remember. I rode it across the other day. I submit the following photo evidence.
Howe Sound facts:
- Spanish explorers observed the sound in 1791 and named it Boca del Carmelo.
- Captain Vancouver surveyed the sound in 1792, and named it after Admiral Earl Howe.
- The Squamish and Shishalh Indigenous people were there for many thousands of years before the Europeans, and wikipedia doesn’t know what they called it.
- By 1929 the largest copper mine in the British Empire existed on the shores of the sound at Britannia Beach.
- The legacy of the amount of toxic effluent pumped into the sound from that operation is still being dealt with today.
- Squamish, at the upper end of Howe Sound, is known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada.
- Squamish is also one of the wettest inhabited locations in Canada.
- Unrelated but Wikipedia is awesome. Hooray for living in the future!!!
Welcome to the West Coast: the land of my origins.