Islands

The Queen Charlottes and Vancouver Island are just a few of the many Canadian islands in the Pacific

More islands are found in the Pacific than in all of the other oceans combined! Most of these 25,000 islands are huddled near the equator, between the 30°N and 30°S latitudes. Those found to the west including Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and New Zealand, which arise from continental plates. Other South Pacific islands are either volcanic in origin, like the Polynesian islands or are coral islands like those of Micronesia. Canada’s Pacific islands like the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Juan de Fuca Islands, the small Gulf Islands, and the very large Vancouver Island all arise from the Canadian section of the Pacific continental shelf.