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Portland Island Professional Review and Guide
"Originally a First Nations camp, Hawaiian immigrants called “Kanakas” settled the island in the mid-1800s. The island was given to Princess Margaret in 1958 as a gift when she visited the province. She returned it to British Columbia as a provincial park in 1967. Now a National Park Reserve, it’s known for its sandy beaches, little coves, hiking trails through thick forests, orchards, and its easy access to the Saanich Peninsula. The northwest shore of the island below Kanaka Bluff has excellent intertidal life at low tides."
--Rob Casey, Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands (The Mountaineers Books).
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