BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Bedwell River
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
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River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: Flows SW into head of Bedwell Sound, N of Tofino, Clayoquot Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°21'51''N, 125°46'36''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92F/5
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Origin Notes and History:

Bedwell River adopted 10 July 1923, as labelled on BC map 2A, 1920 et seq, in association with Bedwell Sound; not "Bear River" as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 584, 1863 et seq, and as identified in the 1909 BC Gazetteer.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Labelled "Bear River" on British Admiralty Chart 584 published in 1863, and on BA Chart 1835 published in 1899, both from 1861 surveys by Captain Richards. "Bear River...runs into Bedwell Sound" listed in the 1909 BC Gazetteer. Local residents still call this "Bear River" according to September 1992 advice from BC Forest Service.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
The Nuu-chah-nulth name for this river is/was "Oinimitis" according to Friends of Strathcona Park; the hiking trail that follows the left (east) bank of Bedwell River is called the Oinimitis Trail. Oinimitis IR 14, Ahousaht Band, is located at the mouth of the river.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office