BC Geographical Names
Feature Type
Name Authority


Geographical names are more than labels on maps and road signs. They can reveal patterns of settlement, exploration and migration, and mirror outside influences to our history - aspects of the heritage and promise of an area that might otherwise be overlooked or forgotten by visitors and later generations.

To get started:

Type in a place name above and click the button, or

Choose a search type from the list above and specify the corresponding search criteria.

An asterisk (*) can be used as a wildcard in place name searches.

Search results are identified in the Search Results tab, as well as on the map with blue markers. Click the markers for more information. You can zoom in and out on the map using your mouse wheel, or the +/- buttons in the corner of the map. Click and drag the map to move it as needed.

To find links to showcase maps and learn more about geographical names in B.C. visit the webpage of the BC Geographical Names Office.

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