Delkatla Inlet

Feature Type:Inlet (3) - Elongated body of water extending from a sea or lake.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Extends NE from Masset Harbour, within Masset (municipality) at N end of Graham Island, Queen Charlotte Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°00'50''N, 132°08'08''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103K/1

Origin Notes and History:

Delkatla Inlet adopted 6 February 1948 on C.3805, as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

Labelled "Delkatla Creek" on Dominion Chart 3713, 1908, where Creek is an old term for Inlet. Spelled "Delcatla Inlet" on BC map 3L, 1919. "Delkatla Inlet (not Delcatla)" identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

Hydrographic Service Sailing Directions identify this as an inlet, and describe it as a "drying basin", although it is well-known locally as Delkatla Slough.

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

The gazetted name for the big slough which...extends inland behind the old villge of Ka-Yung and New Masset. The name Delkatla is from an old Haida description meaning "water drifting in to the inside." The local name given to the grassland at the head of the slough is Delkatla Flats. Charles Harrison established a farm on the east side of the flats in the 1880s - the first farm on the Charlottes.

Source: Dalzell, Kathleen E; Queen Charlotte Islands - Book 2: of places and names; Prince Rupert: Cove Press, 1973