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Cole Island-A Jewel In Victoria?s Crown

posted on Dec 01

A little-known island, located in Esquimalt Harbour, Cole Island holds the potential for fast becoming one of the Capital Region?s best-loved tourism sites. But first, much work has to be done to protect this valuable part of Victoria?s history.

Cole Island is a short sail, paddle or motorboat ride from Esquimalt Harbour and can be reached very easily within a matter of minutes. Once there, visitors will discover a small, but beautiful jewel where Arbutus and Fir trees shade historic buildings that date back to the 1880?s.

When the Royal Navy first repositioned their Pacific Fleet from Valpariso, Chile to Victoria they began construction of an ammunition storage depot on Cole Island, which eventually grew to 17 buildings and a docking facility.

Unfortunately, over the years, the island has fallen into decline as there has been no definitive government or other oversight organization to monitor and protect the safety and well-being of the island.

Now, a group known as ?The Friends of Cole Island? is working hard to protect this valuable tourist resource from the ravages of vandals and time and finally achieving something that can only be done when visitors, residents and various levels of government all pull together in the interests of rehabilitating this historically significant island.

For more information about Cole Island visit the web site at http://www.members.shaw.ca/cole_island/index.htm or read more about the island in an article contained on the Colonial History of Vancouver Island web site http://www.maureenduffus.com/cole-island.html