James Island, Gulf Islands

James Island is one of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, located between Cordova Channel and Sidney Channel of Haro Strait, between Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands of Washington. It has an area of about 1.2 square miles (3.2 sq km). It was once part of the traditional territory of Tsawout First Nation, but in 1904 the colonial government forced the natives off of the 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.