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Cole Island is a low-lying, partially-treed, 0.6 hectare island in Esquimalt Harbour, west of downtown Victoria. It is located close to the active Esquimalt naval base, which it once served as a repository for naval ammunition and arms. On the island are four single-storey brick magazines (buildings for the storage of gunpowder and ammunition) and a guardhouse. Two of the magazines, the most prominent structures when viewed from a distance, stand on lofty arched brick piers over the water. Fifteen other structures, including a jetty, survive only as surface remains.