Hardwicke Island

HARDWICKE ISLAND, 78 sq km, one of numerous small and medium-sized islands between northern VANCOUVER ISLAND and the mainland, lies across JOHNSTONE STRAIT from KELSEY BAY 70 km north of CAMPBELL RIVER. It was named in 1792 by Capt George VANCOUVER after Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, a British politician. Yorke Island, off the western tip, was fitted with gun emplacements during WWII to defend against an anticipated Japanese invasion of the coast. The first permanent settlers were the...

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