Crofton, was built in 1902 as the site for a smelter for James Dunsmuir’s nearby copper mine, just north of Duncan in the North Cowichan Distict. The town was named for Henry Croft, a brother-in-law of
Dunsmuir, who was appointed manager of the Mount Sicker Copper Company in 1900. The smelter closed down in 1908, and the town has been a logging town since. The b>Crofton (Schools) Museum
is open in the summer to showcase the area’s mining history. Fletcher Challenge also offers tours of the local Pulp Mill (250-246-6100) You can also catch the ferry to Vesuvius Bay on the northern end of Salt Spring Island.