CROFTON, pop 1,446, overlooks Osborne Bay on the east coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND 74 km north of VICTORIA. An instant community, it got its start in 1902 as the townsite for a COPPER SMELTER processing ore from nearby Mt SICKER. Named for Henry CROFT, owner of one of the mines, it languished when the smelter closed in 1908, and the advent of WWI put an end to plans to construct a large SAWMILL. The town's prospects revived after 1957 when BC FOREST PRODUCTS LTD built a pulp mill, later owned by...

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