Graham Island

For other places of the same name, see Graham Island (disambiguation).

Haida Gwaii, off the British Columbia Coast. Graham Island is the large northern island. Alaska is the next land to the north of this map.
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 53°40′N 132°30′W / 53.667°N 132.500°W / 53.667; -132.500Coordinates: 53°40′N 132°30′W / 53.667°N 132.500°W / 53.667; -132.500
Archipelago Haida Gwaii
Area 6,361 km2 (2,456 sq mi)
Highest elevation 1,164 m (3,819 ft)
Highest point Mount Moresby
Province British Columbia
Largest settlement Queen Charlotte City (pop. 948)
Population 4475 (2001)
Pop. density 0.70 /km2 (1.81 /sq mi)

Graham Island is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands), lying off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.[1] It is separated only by a narrow channel from the other principal island of the group, Moresby Island (a.k.a. Gwaii Haanas in the language of the Haida people). It has a population of 4,475 (2001 census), an area of 6,361 km2 (2,456 sq mi), and is the 101st largest island in the world, Canada's 22nd largest island.

Graham Island was named in 1853 by James Charles Prevost, commander of HMS Virago, for Sir James Graham, 2nd Baronet, who was First Lord of the Admiralty at the time.[2]



See also


  1. "Graham Island". BC Geographical Names.
  2. Middleton, Lynn (1969). Place Names of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Victoria: Elldee Publishing. p. 92. OCLC 16729415.
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