Hope Island

HOPE ISLAND, off the northern tip of VANCOUVER ISLAND, was occupied at contact by the Nahwitti, one of the KWAKWAKA'WAKW First Nations. The island was popular with maritime FUR TRADERS. Bull Harbour, which gets its name from the numerous bull SEA LIONS found in the area, was the site of a Nahwitti village burned in 1850 by the British navy in retaliation for the suspected murder of 3 HBC deserters. There is now a small Coast Guard SEARCH AND RESCUE station; most of the island is a Kwakwaka'wakw...

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