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Piers Island is located south of Salt Spring Island, near Portland Island.
Piers is 97 hectares in size, and is named after Henry Piers, a British Royal
Navy surgeon on the H.M.S. Satellite, who served on the coast between 1857 and 1860.
Between 1932 and July of 1935, Piers was a special prison camp for the
Doukhobor. The inmate population reached a high of 570.
Doukhobor means "Spirit Wrestlers", and is the name of a sect of Russian
Christians, whom date back to the 18th Century. They are known for their
pacifism, and an austere communal lifestyle.
The first Doukhobors arrived in Canada in 1899, making their way to British
Columbia in 1908. Today, there are about 15,000 Doukhobors in British
Today, Piers Island has many residential homes on it, and is well named as the
island is surrounded by the piers of its residents.
Peirs Island Photo Galley
Contact Li Read at Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring), 4 - 105 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V5; Direct Tel: 1-250-537-7647