McKenzie Bight

Feature Type:Bight - Water area in a broad indentation of the shoreline.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SE side of Saanich Inlet, NW of Victoria, Cowichan Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°33'13''N, 123°30'32''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/12

Origin Notes and History:

Camp Bight was adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on Admiralty Chart 2840, 1860. Changed to McKenzie Bight 6 November 1934 as recommended by H. Parizeau, Hydrographic Service (Ottawa file OBF 1449); confirmed 16 January 1950 on 92B/12.

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

Named for Alexander Murray McKenzie ( - 1935) a resident of East Saanich, described as a trail builder and explorer. (biographical sketch, compiled in 1996 by Peter Arends, on file V.1.38)

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

Named in 1934 after Alexander Murray McKenzie (1852-1935), a native of Pictou Nova Scotia, who worked in the coal mines on Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. He first came to Saanich in 1873 but then joined the gold rush to the Cassiar district and afterwards worked on survey parties for the CPR, seeking routes through the Rocky Mountains... (p. 377)

Source: Scott, Andrew; "The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names"; Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, 2009.