Stuart Island (British Columbia)

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Stuart Island
Stuart Island is located at the mouth of Bute Inlet
LocationBritish Columbia
Coordinates50°23′N 125°6.5′W / 50.383°N 125.1083°W / 50.383; -125.1083
ArchipelagoDiscovery Islands

Stuart Island is one of the Discovery Islands of British Columbia, which lie between northern Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Coast. It is privately owned and has no ferry access, it is situated at the mouth of Bute Inlet[1] to the east of the larger Sonora Island within Electoral Area C of the Strathcona Regional District. The island,[2]:474 and Bute Inlet,[2]:73 were named for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1762 to 1763.

The island is mostly home to exclusive fishing lodges and large private estates. Most of the visitors arrive by float plane or helicopter. Nanook Lodge is the only fishing/adventure lodge open to the public on Stuart Island and has scheduled daily seaplane service from Seattle.

Among the property owners on this island is Dennis Washington, a Montana businessman and owner of the Seaspan Marine Corporation, Dave Ritchie, a Vancouver businessman and Kris Mailman, Owner and CEO of Seymour Pacific Developments and Broadstreet Properties. On his estate Dennis Washington has blasted out of the granite a 9-hole golf course.

Stuart Island has a paved, private airstrip, approximately 2100 feet long, it does not appear on any aeronautical chart or in the Canada Flight Supplement. The Big Bay Water Aerodrome appears in the Water Aerodrome Supplement.

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  1. ^ "Stuart Island". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ a b Walbran, Captain John T. (1971), British Columbia Place Names, Their Origin and History (Facsimile reprint of 1909 ed.), Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, ISBN 0-88894-143-9, archived from the original on 2016-03-03