Saltspring Island


SALTSPRING ISLAND, 193.5 sq km, pop 9,381 (2001), is the largest and most populous of the southern GULF ISLANDS between southern VANCOUVER ISLAND and the mainland. The name refers to a group of brine pools at the north end of the island. The FIRST NATIONS people called it Cuan ("each end"), a reference to the mountains located at opposite ends of the island, or Klaathem, a reference to the salt pools. The first group of permanent non-aboriginal settlers arrived in 1859, including several BLACK...

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