Canada’s Pacific coast stretches about 804 kilometers, from the Juan de Fuca Strait, north to Alaska. If this jagged shoreline were laid straight, it would extend about 26,000 kilometers, stretching around almost two thirds of the globe.
The Pacific is the largest and deepest ocean. It contains more than half of the world’s water and boasts an average depth of 13,215 feet. Plunging 36,200 feet, the Mariana Trench off the coast of Philippines is the deepest point on earth.
The Pacific Ocean is home to more underwater volcanoes (or seamounts) than any other, mostly within The Ring of Fire, a belt of volcanic activity that spans the entire ocean.
Canada’s Pacific coast has a narrow continental shelf — less than 50 km, compared to the Atlantic’s 300 km width.
Canada’s Pacific coast hosts extensive traffic. Ferries, fishing and pleasure craft fleets all compete for space. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s busiest port, shipping close to $30 billion worth of cargo each year.
There is a great richness and diversity of coastal fisheries supported by the Pacific Ocean as well as expanding ocean industries, including aquaculture and tourism.