Beaver Point

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: SE side of Saltspring Island, Saltspring Island Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°46'00''N, 123°23'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92B/14

Origin Notes and History:

Beaver Point (settlement) adopted 3 May 1951 on C.3450, as labelled on BC map 2A, 1913, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Position adjusted 3 June 1954 on C.3462 (file T.1.45). Form of name subsequently changed to Beaver Point (community).

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

Beaver Point Post Office opened 1 December 1884, named in association with Beaver Point, in turn named in 1858. Post Office closed 30 September 1951.

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

CGNDB entry as follows: "Named for HBC Steamer, which sank on rocks here. Postmasters Survey 1905." [note however, that the Hudson's Bay Company's vessel Beaver did not sink here: she ran aground at Prospect Point at the entrance to Vancouver Harbour, during the night of 26 July 1888. HBC had sold the Beaver 13 October 1874, and thereafter she was used as a freight and tow boat. Note further that the 1905 Postmasters' survey does NOT contain a reply from the postmaster at Beaver Point, Saltspring Island.]

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa