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.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S side of Burrard Inlet opposite mouth of Indian Arm, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°18'00''N, 122°55'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92G/7

Origin Notes and History:

Barnet (Settlement) adopted 6 February 1948 on C.3434, as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914, and as listed in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Listed in 1953 BC Gazetteer as Barnet (Post Office); form of name changed to Barnet (Community) 15 December 1982 on 92 G/7.

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

Barnet Post Office opened 1 January 1900, J.M. Poitras, postmaster. CPR's Barnet Station opened later.

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

After James Barnet Maclaren (1818-1892), pioneer Canadian lumberman from Buckingham, Quebec, and owner of the North Pacific Lumber Company that operated a sawmill here. He superintended reconstruction of the mill in 1879 after its destruction by fire. His mother's maiden name was Barnet. (Gosnell Year Book 1911-14, p.338) Note the similarities & discrepancies with the following origin, also recorded in the old BC files: In 1889 David Maclaren, a wealthy lumberman from Quebec, built a small sawmill here. His wife's maiden name was Elizabeth Barnet, and their second son was J. Barnet Maclaren (later of the Maclaren-Ross Company, Ottawa)

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

This is about the spot where Captain Vancouver and his party spend the night of June 13, 1972, some of the party getting very wet as a result of not watching the tide: "The shores in this situation were formed by steep, rocky cliffs that afforded no convenient space for pitching our tents, which compelled us to sleep in the boats. Some of the young gentlemen, however, preferring the stony beach for their couch without duly considering the line of highwater mark, found themselves inconvenienced by the flood tide of which they were not apprized until they were well nigh afloat; one of them slept so sound that I believe he might have been conveyed to some distance had he not been awakened by his companions." (Journal, Vol 2, p.192)

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