With an area of 300.45 km2
(116.00 sq mi), Texada Island must be patrolled around the clock to ensure its shores are not breached by the infected (who occasionally wash ashore after storms), and all able-bodied islanders are required to take up shifts with The Island Watch.
The island's interior is completely forested and contains several mountains. Many lakes of various sizes also dot the island with Priest Lake
being the largest.
The highest point on Texada Island is the summit of Mount Shepherd
, near the southeasternmost point on the island, and rising 852 m above sea level.
Mining was once Texada's biggest industry, and the remains of long-defunct sub-surface iron, copper, and gold mines, and large open-pit limestone quarries, litter the topography of the island to this day.
Before the pandemic, there were three main settlements on Texada: Gillies Bay, Blubber Bay, and Van Anda, all located on the northern half of the island.
Blubber Bay was reduced to rubble using ANFO early on in the crisis when a ferry laden with infected passengers managed to make land, and Van Anda has been largely abandoned by its residents over the years in favour of the more defensible, and remote, community of Gillies Bay.
The hardier islanders live in multi-family fortresses scattered across the island's interior, tending the large farms responsible for feeding the steadily growing population.
Paranoia about the potential for Texada's previously abundant Sitka deer population becoming rabid led to the decision to cull the animals from the island. Today, only small mammals, livestock, and a handful of domesticated dogs and cats inhabit the island alongside its human residents.