Powell River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SW into Strait of Georgia, in Powell River (city), New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°52'33''N, 124°33'36''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/15
Related Maps: 92F/15
92K/8

Origin Notes and History:

Powell River adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"East Fork of Powell River" - as labelled on early maps - since determined to be the main channel of Powell River. (1930 BC Gazetteer)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named after Dr. Israel Wood Powell (1836-1915), first McGill graduate in medicine to practise on the west coast, first president of the Medical Council of BC, and first superintendent of Indian Affairs in B.C. Born in Colborne, Upper Canada, Dr. Powell came to BC in 1872, attracted by the Cariboo gold rush excitement. The following year, already a busy medical man in Victoria, he entered politics as an advocate of responsible government and free education. In 1867 he became superintendent of Education for BC. He was an ardent champion of British Columbia's entry into the Canadian confederation.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

In his capacity as British Columbia's first Commissioner for Indian Affairs, Dr. Powell toured many areas of British Columbia in 1873-74, 1879 and 1881, accompanied by photographers Richard Maynard, Oregon Hastings, and Edward Dossetter, respectively. The photographs are held in the collections of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Headwaters at 50 24 -124 15 on 92K/8.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa