Anvil Island

ANVIL ISLAND, located in HOWE SOUND 30 km north of Vancouver, was used as a campsite by the SQUAMISH NATION long before it was named by George VANCOUVER after its shape; a line drawn from its peak through PASSAGE ISLAND helped him to avoid the FRASER R's dangerous mud flats. The south end of the island was settled as early as 1874. In 1887 Thomas J. Keeling discovered deposits of clay at Irby Point and the Columbia Clay and Anvil Island Brick companies operated factories here from 1897 to...

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