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Stuart Island / Bute Inlet / Mount Doogie Dowler / Hole in the Wall / Homathko River / Quatam River / Mount Rodney

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STUART ISLAND, BC (Nearby: Big Bay, Church House, Owen Bay, Surge Narrows, Read Island)

  • Bute Inlet
  • Mount Doogie Dowler
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Homathko River
  • Quatam River
  • Mount Rodney
  • Stuart Island

STUART ISLAND, British Columbia
V0P 1H0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island

Description From Owner:
  • Named by Vancouver in 1792 after John Stuart, third Earl of Bute (1713-92). An early favourite of George III, Bute was his Prime Minister in 1762-3. He was a civilized man with interests ranging from literature to botany.
  • Mount Doogie Dowler - After Doogie Dowler, from 1949 to 1983 the well-known and widely respected operator of the store at Heriot Bay. The mountain can be seen from the store.
  • Hole in the Wall - The Mainland Comox Indian word for this small round cave in a cliff near high-tide line means 'Raven's chamberpot.'
  • Homathko River - From the Mainland Comox Indian word meaning 'swift water.'
  • Quatam River - From a Mainland Comox Indian word for 'stream.'
  • Mount Rodney - After Admiral Lord Rodney (1719-92), the victor of the Battle of St. Vincent and of various actions against the French in the West Indies.
  • Stuart Island - Named by Captain Vancouver, who also named Bute Inlet. Stuart was the family name of the Earls of Bute.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Mount Sir Francis Drake

  • After the famous Elizabethan navigator, who in 1579 sailed up the Pacific coast, perhaps as far as Cape Blanco on the Oregon coast. . (For the case for Drake having come as far north as the BC coast, see R.P. Bishop, 'Drake's Course in the North Pacific,' BCHQ 3 [July 1939]:151-82.) It was Bishop who was responsible for the naming of this mountain.

  • Sonora Island

  • Named in 1903 by the Geographic Board of Canada to commemorate the schooner in which Quadra sailed along the BC coast in 1775. Actually the Sonora was never on the east side of Vancouver Island.

  • Southgate River

  • After J.J. Southgate, a slightly mysterious Victoria capitalist and politician, who flitted between London and Victoria in the 1860s.

  • Superb Mountain

  • Named about 1860 after HMS Superb.

  • Yuculta Rapids

  • Named after the local Indians. Captain Barrett-Lennard, who published in 1862 an account of his voyage around Vancouver Island in a yacht, observed of the C Ucultas' (sometimes spelled Euclataws or Lekwiltok) that they were 'reputed the worst Indians anywhere to be found about here, plundering and killing those of the northern tribes, whenever they met with them.' Yuculta is said to be derived from a Kwakwala Indian word for a large sea worm that cannot be killed by cutting it in pieces, for the separate pieces go wriggling off through the water, being unkillable.

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