Captain George Vancouver named the Gardner Canal in honour of Admiral Gardner, R.N. who was his sponsor at the British Admiralty. Forged by ancient volcanic upheaval and polished by glaciers the inlet is a marvel of geology. Glacial till turns the water aqua blue as waterfalls drop down vertical rock faces from the ice capped mountain tops. Vancouver’s exploration in open boats was conducted in cold wet weather with few comforts -it must have been gruelling work as they continued their great survey of the west coast.
Today the power plant for the massive Alluminum smelter at Kittimat is situated on the Kemano River that empties into this inlet.