Glen Valley

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S shore of Fraser River in NE corner of Langley, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°10'00''N, 122°28'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/1

Origin Notes and History:

Glen Valley (Post Office & Station) adopted 12 December 1939 on 92SE, as labelled on BC Lands' map 2B, 1914. Form of name changed to Glen Valley (railway point) 20 October 1981. Form of name changed to Glen Valley (Community) 29 October 1982 on 92 G/1 as requested by Dist. of Langley Planning Dept.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

GNR's Glen Valley Station was originally situated just east of Nathan Creek close to the Matsqui-Langley boundary, then relocated 1/2 mile westward to Lot 216 near the mouth of Nathan Creek. Glen Valley Post Office was opened 1 November 1904, located in NE corner of Sec 25, on River Road west of Nathan Creek. The Post Office was closed 30 April 1968. [Note that historic locations are derived from a 1913 map. Nathan Creek has since been substantially altered by construction of drainage canals; the lower channel and mouth of Nathan Creek, as described above, is identified on modern maps as Nathan Slough.]

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

"As far as my knowledge goes this name was chosen by two or three of the first settlers, probably about the year 1890. Previous to that it was sometimes called Beaver Valley and previous to that Cromarty's Prairie and the stream was known as Cromarty's Slough (now Beaver Creek)." (4 February 1927 letter to author from Mr. W.J. Mathers, New Westminster) "...the one who took up land first in Glenvalley [sic] was William Cromarty. He was the head cooper for the HBCo at Langley and Thos. McIver worked under him..... I have been digging further into the history of naming Glen Valley and as far as I can gather the name was finally selected by Mr. Gilbert McKay and Mr. William Cornock at the time of the first movement to get the government to establish a school there. I have been unable to get the date." (14 March 1927 letter to author from Mr. W.J. Mathers, New Westminster)

Source: Nelson, Denys; "Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River"; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives