Vargas Island

VARGAS ISLAND, 28 sq km, in CLAYOQUOT SOUND 6 km northwest of TOFINO on the west coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND, was an important summer village site of the Ahousaht First Nation of the NUU-CHAH-NULTH (Nootka). Named by SPANISH EXPLORERS for a government official, it was settled by British immigrant farmers in the 1910s but abandoned by them after WWI. The island's wildness and spectacular beaches, now protected as part of Vargas Island Provincial PARK, have made it a favourite destination for...

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