James Island, Gulf Islands

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James Island is one of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands of Washington State. It is located in Haro Strait between Cordova Channel and Sidney Channel, British Columbia. It has an area of about 768 acres (311 ha).

James Island was once part of the traditional territory of the Tsawout First Nation, but in 1904 the colonial government forced the natives off othe island. In 1913, Canadian Explosives Ltd, later called Canadian Industries Ltd, established a dynamite plant on James Island. At its peak, the plant employed 1200 people, most of whom lived in a small village on the island. During World War II, the plant produced 900 tonnes of TNT per month for the war effort. The plant was closed in 1977, and in 1979 the buildings were dismantled and removed. 

The island is now privately owned and considered one of the most valuable private islands in Canada, however it is also now at the center of a First Nations lands claim. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore James Island.