Bear Creek Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Surrounding mouth of Lambly Creek, W side Okanagan Lake NW of Kelowna, Osoyoos Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°55'52''N, 119°31'19''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/13

Origin Notes and History:

Bear Creek Park was established per Order in Council 764, 19 April 1981; area extended per OIC 870, 12 May 1988, the whole now containing 178 ha. more or less. Conversion of OIC to Statute designation per Bill 50/2004: Parks and Protected Areas Statutes Amendment Act, 17 May 2004; the whole containing approximately 158 hectares (151 hectares of upland and 7 hectares of foreshore).

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

The watercourse here was called Bear River in 1833 by David Douglas, of fir tree fame (British Columbia Historical Quarterly 4:242); labelled "Rivera la Ours" (Bear River) on Anderson's 1867 map; labelled "Bear River" on Trutch's 1871 map. The official name is Lambly Creek, although it is still commonly called Bear Creek.

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