BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Cranberry
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StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: In Powell River (city), New Westminster Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°53'00''N, 124°32'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD27
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92F/15
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Origin Notes and History:

Cranberry Lake incorporated as a Village Municipality 11 June 1942. Cranberry Lake (Village) confirmed 2 Novemer 1950 on 92F. Incorporated into Powell River District Municipality 15 October 1955. Form of name confirmed as Cranberry Lake (settlement) 3 January 1967 on 92F/15. Form of name changed to Cranberry (community) 2 November 1978 on 92F/15.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Subdivided in 1921 (Lands Report 1924, p.95). Cranberry Lake Post Office was opened 1 February 1931; closed 3 June 1961.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"Cranberry Lake derived its name from the lush berries on the peat swamps around the shore. Old timers of Powell River gathered the berries, competing with black bears, little thinking that in a few years hence the entire section would be a thriving village. Owing to the fact that there was already one Cranberry Post Office in BC, the word "lake" was retained and the official name became Cranberry Lake Post Office. Cranberry Lake is also the official name of the village." (Powell River News and Town Crier, 10 May 1950)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office