The Island District spans Vancouver Island, its related coastal islands and the north half of the Sunshine Coast located on the mainland. The Island has a population of approximately 750,000. Slightly less than half of these live in the communities that are incorporated within the Capital Regional District. Outside of this area, the cities range from Port Hardy in the north, North Cowichan/Duncan in the south, Port Alberni on the west coast and Powell River on the north Sunshine Coast. The Island detachments vary in size from policing large municipal contracts to the smaller rural detachments and Aboriginal communities.