Benvoulin

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: N side Mission Creek, within Kelowna, Osoyoos Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°53'00''N, 119°26'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82E/14

Origin Notes and History:

Benvouline (farming settlement) adopted 1 December 1955 on 82E/NW. Form of name subsequently changed to Benvoulin (community).

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

Benvoulin was the name of the Scottish home of George Grant MacKay, CE, and early investor in Vancouver and Okanagan real estate, who had come to Vancouver in 1888. He bought land here in 1891 and gave the name to the district. MacKay bought the Coldstream Ranch as agent for his friend Lord Aberdeen (see Aberdeen Lake), and had interests in other Okanagan properties and property development schemes during the early 1890's. His company built the Kalamaka Hotel at Vernon. (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948, citing F.M. Buckland).

Source: included with note