Nanaimo (City) / Dodd Narrows / Duke Point / Harewood / Holden Lake / Jack Point / Nanoose Harbour

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Nanaimo, BC (Nearby: Chase River, Departure Bay, Northfield, Cinnabar Valley, Extension)

  • Dodd Narrows
  • Duke Point
  • Harewood
  • Holden Lake
  • Jack Point
  • Nanaimo
  • Nanoose Harbour

455 Wallace Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5J6

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island

Description From Owner:
  • Dodd Narrows - After Captain Charles Dodd, who came to the Pacific coast in 1835 as second officer on the HBC'S steamboat Beaver, which he commanded from 1843 to 1852. Subsequently he became a Chief Factor in the Company's service.
  • Duke Point - So named because it faces Northumberland Channel, named after the Duke of Northumberland in 1852.
  • Harewood - Takes its name indirectly from the third Earl of Harewood.
  • In 1864 one of Lord Harewood's sons, Lieutenant the Hon. H.D. Lascelles, on this coast as captain of the gunboat Forward, set up the Harewood Coal Mining Company to work the deposits that he had acquired here.
  • Holden Lake - After John Holden, a Yorkshireman who settled in the area in the 1870s and farmed by the lake. He founded the first orchestra in Nanaimo.
  • Jack Point - After Norwegian-born Jack Dolholt (1819-1905), a captain on coastal schooners until he settled here in the 1860s.
  • Nanaimo - In July 1791 José Maria Narvaez, commanding the schooner Saturnina, explored here and named the waterways in the area Boca de Winthuysen, in honour of Francisco Xavier de Winthuysen, a Spanish naval officer.
  • When the HBC established a settlement in 1852 to work the coal deposits, it was named Colvile Town, after Andrew Colvile, then Governor of the HBC.
  • The Indians in this area were known as the 'Sne-ny-mo,' meaning 'people of many names,' referring to the confederation that various villages in the area had formed for their better protection.
  • From this Island Halkomelem word comes Nanaimo. Winthuysen Inlet disappeared as a name in the 1850s, and by 1858 Colvile Town had become simply Nanaimo.
  • The Indian name for Nanaimo River was 'Quamquamqua,' meaning 'strong, strong water' or 'swift, swift water,' referring to the current of the river.
  • Nanoose Harbour - This is the name of a small band of Indians who are the farthest northern subgroup of the Island Halkomelem and are closely related to the Nanaimo Indians.
  • Nanoose may mean 'a collection of families at one place.' On the other hand, there is a theory locally that it means 'pushing inward,' with reference to the shape of Nanoose Bay.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

Nanoose Harbour

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  • Northumberland Channel

  • After Algernon Percy, fourth Duke of Northumberland (1792-1865). Named by HBC officers in 1852 when the Duke was First Lord of the Admiralty.

  • Quennell Lake

  • Commemorates an RN deserter who became mayor of Nanaimo and somewhere along the way changed his name from Pannell to Quennell. He arrived in Nanaimo in 1864 and worked as a miner, steamboat hand, and farmer before founding a successful butcher business.

  • Valdes Island

  • After Cayetano Valdes y Bazan, a Spanish naval officer. Valdes first visited this coast in 1791 as a lieutenant serving under Malaspina on the Descubierta. He returned in 1792 as captain of the Mexicana and, in association with his superior, Galiano, commanding the Sutil, explored a good part of the area lying between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Both Valdes and Galiano commanded warships that were captured by the British in the Battle of Trafalgar.

  • Wellington

  • Named after the famous British soldier and statesman, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), victor of Waterloo and later Prime Minister of Britain. MOUNT WELLINGTON, Jervis Inlet, is also named for him.

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  • Harewood Lake, 8km
  • Myles Lake, 9km
  • Stark Lakes, 9km
  • Whisky Lake, 8km
  • Lost Lake, 8km
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  • Mount Benson, 8km
  • Crystal Lake, 13km
  • Timberland Lake, 14km
  • Holden Lake, 10km
  • Brannen Lake, 10km
  • Lucid Lake, 10km
  • Green Lake, 12km
  • Barsby Lake, 12km
  • Quennell Lake, 14km
  • Greenway Lake, 13km
  • Mount Hayes, 17km
  • Michael Lake, 17km
  • Long Lake, 16km
  • Coronation Lake, 22km
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  • Buffalo Hump, 19km
  • McKay Peak, 20km
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  • Kidney Lake, 17km
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  • Mount Hall, 27km
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