The Inside Passage of the Alaska Panhandle and coastal British Columbia is a coastal route for oceangoing vessels along a series of passages between the mainland and the coastal islands. The Alaska Panhandle, sometimes referred to as Southeast Alaska, is the southeastern portion of the U British Columbia (ˌbrɪtɨʃ kəˈlʌmbiə ( BC) ( (la Colombie-Britannique C Ships using the route can avoid some of the bad weather in the open ocean, and visit the many isolated communities along the route. It is heavily travelled by cruise ships, freighters, tugs with tows, fishing craft and ships of the Alaska Marine Highway and BC Ferries systems. Alaska Marine Highway or the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS is a Ferry service operated by the government of the U The name Inside Passage is also used to refer to the ocean and islands around the passage.
While the Alexander Archipelago provides some protection from the Pacific Ocean weather, much of the area experiences strong semi-diurnal tides which can create extreme 30 ft (9 m) differences between high and low tide, so careful piloting is necessary in many places in order to not collide with underwater obstructions. The Alexander Archipelago is a three-hundred-mile-long Archipelago, or group of islands off the southeastern coast of Alaska. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions Characteristics A tide is a repeated cycle of sea level changes in the following stages Over several hours the water rises or advances up a beach in the flood
The Inside Passage is also sometimes referred to as the Inland Passage which is in turn a reference to early explorers' quest to locate the Northwest Passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways amidst the Canadian Arctic Archipelago The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions
The Alaskan portion of the Inside Passage, in the north, extends 500 miles from north to south and 100 miles from east to west. The area encompasses 1,000 islands, 15,000 miles of shoreline and thousands of coves and bays. British Columbia's southern portion of the route is of similar extent, with up to 25,000 miles of coastline, and includes the narrow, protected Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the B. British Columbia (ˌbrɪtɨʃ kəˈlʌmbiə ( BC) ( (la Colombie-Britannique C The Strait of Georgia or the Georgia Strait (also known as the Gulf of Georgia) is a Strait between Vancouver Island (as well as its nearby Vancouver Island is a large Island in British Columbia, Canada, one of several North American regions named after George Vancouver, the British C. mainland, the Johnstone and Queen Charlotte Straits between Vancouver Island and the mainland, as well as the wider and more exposed Hecate Strait near the Queen Charlotte Islands. Johnstone Strait is a 110 km (68 mi channel along the north east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Queen Charlotte Strait is a Strait between Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver Island is a large Island in British Columbia, Canada, one of several North American regions named after George Vancouver, the British Hecate Strait ( Haida language: Seegaay) is a wide but shallow Strait between the Queen Charlotte Islands and the mainland of British Columbia The Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People" and originally in Haida, Xhaaidlagha Gwaayaai ("islands on
The Inside Passage is a destination for kayakers and canoeists from all over the world. Each year groups and individuals paddle along the fjords from British Columbia to Glacier Bay in Alaska. British Columbia (ˌbrɪtɨʃ kəˈlʌmbiə ( BC) ( (la Colombie-Britannique C Glacier Bay is a Bay in south-eastern Alaska, United States. It runs north northwest to south south-east for about 105 km (65 miles between two pinchets