Graham Island

Graham Island (Haida: Kiis Gwaay) is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago (formerly the 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 (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 and Canada's 22nd largest island.

Graham Island
Kiis Gwaay
Queen Charlotte Islands Map.png
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.
Graham Island is located in British Columbia
Graham Island
Graham Island
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates53°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
ArchipelagoHaida Gwaii
Area6,361 km2 (2,456 sq mi)
Highest elevation1,119 m (3671 ft)
Highest pointTlldaGaaw Jii.ngasii (Mt La Perouse)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Largest settlementQueen Charlotte City (pop. 948)
Population4,475 (2001)
Pop. density0.70/km2 (1.81/sq mi)

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]



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