- Inside Passage
protected sea route along the W coast of North America, from Seattle, Wash., to the N part of the Alas. panhandle: the route uses channels and straits between islands and the mainland: c. 950 mi (1,529 km) long
* * *, to Skagway, Alaska. Extending northwest for more than 1,000 mi (1,600 km), it comprises channels and straits between the mainland and islands (including Vancouver Island) that protect it from Pacific storms. It is the favoured route for coastal shipping to Alaska. Ports in British Columbia include Victoria, Vancouver, and Prince Rupert; those in Alaska include Ketchikan, Wrangell, and Juneau.
* * *▪ sea route, North Americaalso called Inland Passage, or Marine Highway,natural sheltered sea route extending for more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Seattle (Wash., U.S.) northwest to Skagway (Alaska, U.S.). It comprises channels and straits between the mainland and islands (including Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Can., and the Alexander Archipelago, Alaska) that protect it from Pacific storms. In most places there is ample depth for all vessels; anchorages are numerous, and extensive surveys have identified practically all hazards to navigation. It is the route generally used by coastal shipping to Alaska and is favoured for its scenic beauty and dependable smoothness. Towns along the passage include Victoria, Vancouver, and Prince Rupert (B.C.) and Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, and Juneau (Alaska).
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