Friends of Cole Island Society
The Friends of Cole Island Society formed in 2005 to protect the site from increasing vandalism. We are now the official caretakers responsible for the safety, surveilance and maintenance of Cole Island. We work closely with the Provincial Heritage Branch, the City of Colwood, the Town of View Royal and Kings's Harbour Master.
We hold annual Island cleanups to remove invasive Broom and Daphne and assist with restoration activities. We have been honoured to receive several awards: 2015 Outstanding Recognition Award from the Town of View Royal for our efforts to protect and preserve Cole Island; 2016 Heritage BC Award for Heritage Education and Awareness; 2019 Heritage BC Award for Heritage Conservation, and, 2019 Heritage BC Award for Distinguished Service.
In 2022 we welcomed a full-time caretaker to Cole Island who now resides, off-grid, in the guardhouse.
Preserve the Past • Safeguard the Present • Secure for the future
Our Mission is to protect Cole Island as a historic, recreational and educational destination and promote its status as a historic site.
Cole Island will be well-preserved and a safe and accessible historic site for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
An appreciation for history - fostered and enhanced through respectful stewardship and promotion of our heritage site
Commitment to preservation and protection
Accountability - to ourselves, our community, government and to future generations
Partnership - with our stakeholders and members
Open and transparent with our members and partners
Non-commercial, non-political and non-partisan
We will support further preservation initiatives
We will help minimize vandalism and promote security
We will be a source of information on the Island's history and future direction