Tsimpsean Peninsula

Feature Type:Peninsula - Elongated projection of land into a body of water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: SIM shin
Relative Location: Extending NW from Prince Rupert, between Chatham Sound and Work Channel, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°24'16''N, 130°11'59''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103J/8
Related Maps: 103J/1

Origin Notes and History:

Tsimpsean Peninsula adopted in the 19th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 July 1927. Confirmed 3 July 1946 on C.3702.

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

Investigation by the Geographic Board to determine the spelling of the name reveals a multiplicity of spellings such as: Tsimshean, Timshian, Chimsain, Tsimpsian, Tsimp-Sheean, Chimsyan.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

Named after the local Indians. Tsimpsean means "the people at the mouth of the Kshian (the Skeena River)" (from 1001 B.C. Place Names, 1969).

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.