Circlet Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Forbidden Plateau, head of Goss Creek, Comox Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°41'48''N, 125°23'03''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/11

Origin Notes and History:

Circlet Lake adopted 12 December 1939 on 92F/11; not Circle Lake as known in the mountaineering community.

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

Named Circle Lake in the 1920's by prospector John "Nigger" Brown, because of its' shape. Allan Brooks, a Comox naturalist, suggests that - because the lake is actually within a cirque - Brown's name might have been a corruption of the term 'cirque'.

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

In reference to a ring or small loop. "Fairest of stars.... that crown'st the smiling morn with thy bright circlet...." [from John Milton's poem Paradise Lost, lines 166-169]

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa