Texada Island

TEXADA ISLAND  () , 287 sq km, pop 1,129, lies adjacent to the SUNSHINE COAST in GEORGIA STRAIT, 80 km north of VANCOUVER. It was named for Felix de Tejeda, an officer with the NARVÁEZ expedition in 1791. An extensive industrial history includes MINING, LOGGING and quarrying. Iron ore mining began in 1886 and, with the opening of COPPER and GOLD mines a few years later, the community of VAN ANDA became a small boomtown, billing itself "the...

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