Cormorant Island

CORMORANT ISLAND, 3.2 sq km, lies at the top of JOHNSTONE STRAIT opposite PORT McNEILL on the northeast end of VANCOUVER ISLAND, 290 km north of VANCOUVER. Long a traditional gathering spot for the KWAKWAKA'WAKW (Kwakiutl) people, this small (4 km long), crescent-shaped island is named for HMS Cormorant, a British naval survey ship. The FISHING village of ALERT BAY sprawls along its inner shore. Ever since 1870, when a SALMON saltery was established, it has been a centre for the commercial...

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