Englishman River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows N into Strait of Georgia at Parksville, NW of Nanaimo, Nanoose Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°19'31''N, 124°17'29''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/8
Related Maps: 92F/1
92F/2
92F/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 4 October 1945 on C.3590, as labelled on BC Lands 1892 map of the Southern Districts of Vancouver Island, and on Geological Survey sheet 997, Nanaimo & New Westminster Mining Divisions, 1908, and on BC Lands' map 2A, 1913, etc.

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

Not compiled or labelled on British Admiralty Charts surveyed in 1860. The earliest use of the name might be Williams' 1882-83 BC Directory, which lists under Nanaimo,"Hirst, John Jr., farmer, Englishman River."

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

So-named because "....an Englishman was drowned while attempting to cross." (Victoria Colonist, Islander section, 12 December 1948, p 10). No further details provided.

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

This may or may not be the "Rio de Grullas" identified on early Spanish charts; grulla is Spanish for 'crane' and would refer to the Great Blue Herons that populate the coast, and congregate on the sand flats at river estuaries.

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