BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Squamish
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Feature Types.
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District Municipality (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated under the provincial Municipal Ac
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: Head of Howe Sound, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°41'53''N, 123°09'21''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92G/11
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 92G/11
92G/14
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Origin Notes and History:

Squamish (Post Office) adopted in the 10th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1911. Incorporated as a Village Municipality 18 May 1948. Re-incorporated as a District Municipality 15 December 1964, to be called District of Squamish.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Squamish Post Office was opened 1 July 1892, William Mashiter postmaster; closed or renamed Newport Post Office 1 September 1912; re-opened or reinstated as Squamish Post Office 1 May 1914.
Source: Provincial Archives' Place Names File (the "Harvey File") compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions
In 1914, Pacific Great Eastern Railway sponsored a contest amongst school children, to find a name for their Howe Sound terminal. "Newport" was the winning entry, submitted by 28 children who later shared the $500 prize. However, Mr. D'Arcy Tate, vice president of PGER, made the final adjudication, and his preference for the name of the PGER terminal was "Squamish" - being the long-established name of the adjacent community (February 1914 and November 1966 letters, file S.3.51) "Squamish Dock" was identified in the 1922 PGER timetable - a locational description for the station here, as the track extended along a 1 mile wharf into Howe Sound; according to 1957 timetable, trains no longer travel to Squamish Dock and onto boats; all rail traffic is to North Vancouver, although the track here is still used as a siding for extra cars.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
A c1980 notion on BC name card identifies "Keh Kait" as the traditional name for this site (source not cited)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office