The Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People") are an archipelago off the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada, consisting of two main islands, Graham Island in the North, and Moresby Island in the south, and approximately 150 smaller islands with a total landmass of 3,932 sq mi. The islands are separated from the British Columbia mainland to the east by the Hecate Strait. Vancouver Island lies to the south, across Queen Charlotte Sound, while the U.S. state of Alaska is to the north, across the Dixon Entrance.
Queen Charlotte Islands in The Two Georges Edit
The Queen Charlotte Islands were a group of islands off the north shore of Vancouver Province near the border with Russian Alaska. Given the close proximity to Russian territory, the Royal North American Navy maintained a large naval base here and the entire archipelago were a military reservation.
The native Haida had been decimated by "white man's diseases" (mainly smallpox) in the 17th century but continued to survive and live on the island and the mainland. Many no longer followed their native traditions but those who still did lived in Skidegate Village just outside Skidegate proper.