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The Blackney Passage

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Blackney Passage is a narrow waterway that runs between Hanson Island and West Cracroft Island. It connects the Johnstone Strait to the Queen Charlotte Strait. This passage is known for strong tidal currents, a significant route for marine traffic, and a popular area for wildlife sightings and kayakers taking off from Telegraph Cove.

The Blackney Passage is frequented by various marine mammals, including orca whales, humpback whales, Dall's porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and seals. The area is renowned for orca sightings, and is part of the habitat for the northern resident orca population in Vancouver Island.

At on the east side of Hanson Island there is a put out point at the head of a hiking trail. About 10 minutes up the trail there is an ancient cedar tree. The entire island has been logged over, but this one tree was spared as it was a bit crooked and had some rot. The tree stands in sharp contrast to the nearby forest, and even the two hundred year old hemlocks next to it look small in comparison.

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