Triumph Bay, Gardner Canal

Triumph Bay, Gardner Canal

by | May 26, 2019

Triumph Bay is a long narrow embayment located on the south side of Alan Reach in Gardner Canal, British Columbia. The estuary at the head of the bay is at the mouth of the Triumph River that drains a watershed with an area of 25,946 acres (10,500 ha).

The Triumph River originates in high elevation lakes at the height of land between Gardner Canal and Princess Royal Channel. The river flows into Triumph Lake, then for another 1.2 miles (2 km) and over a waterfall to Triumph Bay. The valley is wide throughout its lower reaches, becoming steeper inland of Triumph Lake. The estuary is very small and has been subjected to extensive timber cutting.

The Gardner Canal is one of the principal inlets of the British Columbia Coast. The embayment is a side-inlet of the larger Douglas Channel, and about 56 miles (90 km) long so that when combined with the Douglas Channel, the total length is 200 miles (320 km) making it one of the largest fjord-complexes in the world. The entrance to Gardner Canal is hidden behind Hawkesbury Island and is accessed via Devastation Sound or Varney Passage which form the northeast and southeast flanks of that island. The canal was named in 1793 by George Vancouver in honor of his friend and former commander, Alan Gardner. Joseph Whidbey was the first to survey the fjord that same year. Read more here and here. Explore more of Triumph Bay here:

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