Beaver Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S end of Elk Lake in Saanich Municipality, just N of Victoria, Lake Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°30'51''N, 123°23'44''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 16 January 1958 as a well-known local name, first labelled on J.D. Pemberton's 1855 map of "Southeastern Districts of Vancouver Island." Name identified for use on National Defence sheet, Saanich, 1945, but not used.

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

Beaver and Elk Lakes were originally 2 separate lakes. c1895, when used as the water supply for Victoria, the level of Beaver Lake was raised, effectively joining this waterbody to Elk Lake. For a long time this name was not used on maps, nor did it appear in gazetteers, because it was no longer a distinct feature. However, the name is too well established locally not to be shown on maps.

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