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- Sechelt - There are at least three versions of the meaning of this name: (1) it was the ancient name that the Sechelt Indians had for themselves;
- (2) it is derived from a word meaning to 'climb' or 'climb over,' possibly referring to a fallen tree over which people had to climb in order to get up from the beach; and
- (3) it is derived not from an Indian word but from the English 'sea shelter.'
- The present village of Sechelt did not come into being until the arrival of Catholic priests in the 1860s. The Indian word for the site of the present village means 'outside on the ocean side,'
- while the name of the area fronting on Porpoise Bay means 'inside.'
- Thormanby Islands - After the racehorse Thormanby, winner of the Derby in 1860.
- One of a whole series of place names in the area, including Derby Point, Epsom Point, Oaks Point, and Tattenham Ledge, that reflect the interest in horse racing shared by the officers of HM survey ship Plumper. (See also Buccaneer Bay / Welcome Passage)
- Welcome Passage - Named by Captain Richards and his officers on HMS Plumper in 1860 after they had received the welcome news that Thormanby had won the Derby.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
Address of this page: http://bc.ruralroutes.com/Sechelt