Duke Point, British Columbia
Duke Point is a geographical location in the extreme southeastern part of the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia. It is located on a thin peninsula to the east of the Nanaimo River estuary, just across the Northumberland Channel from Gabriola Island.
In 1980, the BC Development Corporation bought the Jack Point land from private owners, and the Duke Point land from then MacMillan Bloedel, and then levelled and serviced the lands to create the industrial park, three sawmill sites, and a 2 berth shipping terminal (only one berth was built). The 350 acre Duke Point Industrial Park was built by the BC Development Corporation from 1980 to 1983, under the Federal/Provincial Industrial Subsidiary Agreement (“TIDSA”). The Duke Point Ferry Terminal was built on Provincial land outside the TIDSA lands, and sits on land that was originally called “Jack Point”, but which was amalgamated with the Duke Point Land. Originally, the Jack Point land was separated from the Duke Point land by Canoe Pass, that connected the Northumberland Channel to the waters of the Nanaimo Estuary.