Esperanza Inlet

Feature Type:Inlet (3) - Elongated body of water extending from a sea or lake.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW side of Nootka Island, off W side Vancouver Island, Nootka Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°51'30''N, 126°54'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92E/15
Related Maps: 92E/14
92E/15

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 16 May 1946 on C.3662 at 49 47 - 127 00. Confirmed 29 July 1946 on 92 E/15. Application extended 3 December 1959 on C.3662, as advised by Hydrograhic Service (file E.1.46).

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

The area southeast of Catala Island was originally understood to be the entrance to Esperanza Inlet; Hydrographic Service now advises that the inlet is entered at a line drawn between Tachu Point and Blind Reef (August 1959, file E.1.46).

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

"Captain Cook, in 1778, named the large opening or bight in the coastline between the promontories he called Breakers Point (now Estevan Point) and Woody Point (now Cape Cook) as Hope Bay, as with the mountainous land around there was hope for a harbour, in which he was not mistaken. The name given on Cook's chart was doubtless translated by the Spaniards and applied to this inlet in which there appeared the greatest probability of a secure anchorage. Named by Captain Malaspina, whose officers, Espinosa and Cevallos, examined this inlet in 1791." See Eliza's chart, 1791.

Source: Walbran, John T; "British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: Their Origin and History"; published for the Geographic Board of Canada, Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)

"Labelled on La Pérouse's 1786 chart as baie Hope ou Espérance." [this notation on BC name card is not correct: while La Pérouse's 1786 chart includes translations of other names given by Cook in 1778 - Pointe Boisée (Woody Point) and Pointe des Brisants (Breakers Point) - this particular landmark is not labelled on his Carte Particuliere de la CÔTE DU NORD-OUEST DE L'AMÉRIQUE reconnue par les Frégates Françaises La Boussole et L'Astrolabe. en 1786. (map published in 1797 in the atlas to accompany the book Voyage de La Pérouse Autour du Monde.)

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.