DUNCAN, city, pop 4,986 (2006), lies in the Cowichan Valley on the east side of VANCOUVER ISLAND about halfway between VICTORIA and NANAIMO. In 1864 William Chalmers Duncan, a native of Sarnia, ON, settled on 40 ha of land near COWICHAN BAY, most of which now comprises downtown Duncan. In 1887 the ESQUIMALT & NANAIMO RWY built a station on his land and a village named Alderlea developed around it. When a post office opened in 1891 it was called Duncan's Station, later shortened to Duncan....

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