Esperanza

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: N side of Hecate Channel, Esperanza Inlet, S of Zeballos, Nootka Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°52'21''N, 126°44'36''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92E/15

Origin Notes and History:

Esperanza (settlement) adopted 17 July 1946 on 92 E/15. Form of name changed to Experanza (Steamer Landing) 3 December 1959 on C.3662, as identified in the 1953 BC Gazetteer. Further changed to Esperanza (locality) 15 February 1983 on 92E/15.

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

Ceepeecee Post Office was opened 15 May 1926 at the Canadian Packing Company cannery, Lot 386. Post Office was relocated about 1 mile westward to the settlement of Esperanza, Lot 391, 1 April 1955. Renamed Esperanza Post Office 16 February 1960, to conform to the name of the settlement. Northland Navigation Company cancelled steamer service to this location 22 December 1971. Esperanza Post Office closed 29 August 1974.

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

McLeans Landing identified on BC name card as old/other name for Esperanza (origin/significance not recorded)

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

This locality is now operated as a spiritual retreat, the Nootka Mission, on a year-round basis; 8-12 families are resident here, with a good wharf and fuel facilities (1998 advice from Hydrographic Service and Village of Tahsis staff).

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