British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island
- A slightly corrupted form of the surname of William Eddy Banfield, who came to the Pacific coast on HMS Constance in 1846 and later became a trader and an Indian agent on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
- In 1862 he drowned in a canoe accident, which some suspected was murder.
- Character Cove - When a university course entailing diving and water collecting after midnight was given at nearby Bamfield Marine Station, the class's enthusiasm began to wane.
- To hearten them Professor Brian Marcotte kept chanting 'Oceanography builds character.' Hence the name given to this little bay.
- Effingham Island - In 1788 Captain Meares named a harbour here Port Effingham after Thomas Howard, third Earl of Effingham. In 1905 the island itself, hitherto named Village Island, was renamed Effingham Island.
- Fleming Island (Deer Island) - This and nearby Sandford Island are named after Sir Sandford Fleming.
- Hobiton Lake - ). Derived from the Nitinaht Indian word meaning 'sound of [someone] snoring,' said to be descriptive of the sound made by the outlet stream where it flows into Nitinaht Lake.
- Klanawa River - From the Nitinaht Indian word meaning 'blubber coming down stream.'
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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