301 St. Ann's Road
British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island
- Although certain proof cannot be found, it seems likely that this river, and consequently the town near its mouth, were named after Dr. Samuel Campbell, assistant surgeon on HM survey ship Plumper.
- Dr. Campbell was on the Plumper during the period 1857-61, when she surveyed Johnstone Strait along with other parts of our coast.
- Duncan Bay - Named by Captain G.H. Richards, RN, about 1860 after Captain Alexander Duncan, who entered the HBC maritime service in 1838, initially commanding the barque Vancouver and later the famous steamboat Beaver.
- A contemporary described Duncan as an accomplished seaman, 'an old British tar with a heart full of generosity for his friends and a fist full of bones for his enemies.'
- Josephine Flat - In 1895 the officers Of HMS Nymphe attended an amateur performance of 'HMS Pinafore' at Nanaimo.
- Smitten by the charms of the girl who played the part of Josephine, the captain's daughter, they gave this name as they proceeded with their resurvey of the coast to the north.
- Menzies Bay - Named by 1847, probably after Archibald Menzies (1754-1842), botanist and surgeon with Vancouver on HMS Discovery.
- Menzies had earlier visited this coast as a surgeon on the trading vessel Prince of Wales. Among his many discoveries while on Vancouver's expedition was the Arbutus menziesii, known in the United States as the madrona,
- whose orange-red trunk is so commonly seen near our shoreline. Menzies had a tiny greenhouse on the quarterdeck of the Discovery in which he kept specimens he was taking back alive to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
- Mitlenatch Island - The name of this well known nature reserve comes from the Island Comox Indian language. It means 'calm at the end,' in the sense of affording shelter from the wind.
- Myra Falls - These falls and the creek on which they occur are named after vivacious young Myra Ellison, who in 1910 took part with her father, the Hon. Price Ellison, in the government exploratory survey that
- preceded the setting up of Strathcona Provincial Park.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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