Strait of Juan de Fuca

Feature Type:Strait - Passage, usually navigable, connecting two larger bodies of water.
Status: Lookup the official name
Relative Location: Forming a portion of the International Boundary, between Vancouver Island and Washington State
Latitude-Longitude: 48°15'00''N, 124°00'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92B/5
Related Maps: 92B/5
92B/6
92C/10
92C/8
92C/9

Origin Notes and History:

"Strait of Juan de Fuca" is the form adopted in the United States. "Juan de Fuca Strait" is the form of the name adopted in Canada.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

The decision to standardize the form Juan de Fuca Strait in Canada "...was made by the express personal order of Governor Seymour in 1864, to distinguish the British Columbia District from the U.S.A. District." (17 December 1901 letter from W.F. Robertson to Geographic Board of Canada, citing advice from Col. Wolfenden, who had been government printer during the colonial period of the 1860s.)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office