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Entrance Island, BC
Entrance Island, BC

Entrance Island is a small rocky island in the Strait of Georgia located 841 metres (2,759 ft) due north of Gabriola Island. Marine mammals such as harbour seals and Steller's sea lions use the island as a haul-out.

Entrance Island Lighthouse

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Entrance Island Lighthouse
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Entrance Island Light off Gabriola Island, Georgia Strait, British Columbia
Location Gabriola Island
Strait of Georgia
British Columbia
Canada
Coordinates 49°12′33″N 123°48′29″W / 49.209214°N 123.808105°W / 49.209214; -123.808105Coordinates: 49°12′33″N 123°48′29″W / 49.209214°N 123.808105°W / 49.209214; -123.808105
Year first constructed 1986 (first)
Year first lit 1970 (current)
Construction concrete tower (current)
wooden tower (first)
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern (current)
square tower
Markings / pattern white tower, red balcony and lantern
Height 14 metres (46 ft)
Focal height 19 metres (62 ft)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number G5488
CHS number CCG 0435
NGA number 13300
ARLHS number CAN-171

The Entrance Island Lighthouse is a manned light station. It was built in 1875 to guide ships into Nanaimo harbour from the Strait of Georgia, and is easily seen from the Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay ferry. The Tsawwassen to Duke Point ferry passes right by it.

Oceanographic research

The Entrance Island Lighthouse is one of 12 lighthouses part of the British Columbia Shore Station Oceanographic Program, collecting coastal water temperature and salinity measurements everyday since 1936. Their data show an increase in coastal water temperatures of 0.15 °C per decade. This trend is a result of anthropogenic climate change.

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