M (Yahoo) Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SW into Howe Sound, N of Lions Bay, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°28'48''N, 123°14'41''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/6

Origin Notes and History:

"M Creek" adopted 30 October 1981 on 92G/6, as identified extensively in media reports. Name changed to "M (Yahoo) Creek" 15 March 1983 on 92G/6, to accomodate the long-standing name identified in Water Management, Forest Service, BC Hydro & BC Rail records.

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

Dept. of Highways identify all bridges on Hwy. 19 alphabetically. On the night of 26-27 October 1981, this creek, flooded by torrential rain and full of debris, tore out the footings of 'M' Bridge. At least 5 people were killed when their vehicles plunged 40+ feet to the creek bed. The media incorrectly identified the watercourse as "M Creek", instead of the long-established name, Yahoo Creek (Times-Colonist 29 October 1981). Subsequent questions about slope stability and the amount & nature of debris left behind after logging activity - with resulting media attention - further entrenched the name "M Creek". Yahoo Creek identified in PGE (later BCR) records from 1960. Significance of Yahoo not known.

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

"Loggers Creek" is identified on Water Licence as another early name; note however, that Loggers Creek is the official name for the watercourse just north of here.

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