The Inner Passage
The Inside Passage, while it may sound like Tolkien adventure is simply a coastal route for ocean vessels through a network of passages which weave through the islands on the Pacific coast of North America. The route extends from southeastern Alaska through western British Columbia in Canada and down into the to northwestern regions of Washington. Ships use this route to avoid the rough weather of the open ocean while enabling access to some of the numerous isolated communities along the route. The Inside Passage is heavily travelled by cruise ships, freighters, tugs with tows, fishing craft and ships of the Alaska Marine Highway, BC Ferries, and Washington State Ferries systems.