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Arthur Passage
Looking southward down Arthur Passage
Looking southward down Arthur Passage
Arthur Passage is located in British Columbia
Arthur Passage
Arthur Passage
Location in British Columbia
Coordinates 54°01′45″N 130°14′21″W / 54.02917°N 130.23917°W / 54.02917; -130.23917

Arthur Passage is a marine waterway in British Columbia, Canada. It is part of the Inside Passage connecting Grenville Channel (at its southeast end) with Malacca Passage (at its northwest end). A significant feature is Hanmer Island, located in the middle of the north end of the passage.

Name origin

Arthur Passage was named in 1867 by Captain Daniel Pender, RN, after the third governor of Vancouver Island, His Excellency Arthur E. Kennedy.


The hyper-maritime forests surrounding Arthur Passage have extensive areas of wet, slow-growing forests of western redcedar and yellow-cedar. Macrofauna in the forest floor of Hanmer Island include Sowbugs, Millipedes, Centipedes, Potworms and Earthworms.


The Arthur Passage flood tide sets northerly and the ebb sets southerly, tidal currents attain 2.5 knots (4.6 km/h; 2.9 mph) near Hanmer Island.


In the morning of January 14, 1942, the American Troopship USAT David W. Branch, carrying 350 passengers, went aground on Hammer Island.

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