Location

The Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water on the planet!

The Pacific Ocean stretches from Antarctica’s Ross Sea to the Bering Sea off Alaska. Its widest point occurs at approximately 5°N latitude where it reaches from the coast of Columbia on the east to the Malay Peninsula on the west. To the north, the Pacific Ocean is connected to the Atlantic via the Bering Strait at the Arctic Ocean. To the south it joins the Atlantic via the Drake Passage and Strait of Magellan between South America and Antarctica. The Pacific Ocean joins the Indian Ocean via the Strait of Malacca, and is separated from it by the chain of islands that extends from Sumatra to Australia. Canada’s Pacific coast, which stretches for 29,489 kilometres, makes up 11% of our nation’s total coastline.