Forbidden Plateau

Feature Type:Plateau - Extensive, elevated region, with either level terrain, or nearly uniform summit levels.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW of Comox Lake on E side of Strathcona Provincial Park, Comox Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°41'00''N, 125°19'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92F/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 12 December 1939 on 92F/11.

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

"Plateau" is somewhat misleading, since only a small part of the region is flat or platuau-like. In general this 100 square mile area consists of a series of ridges, sloping wet meadows and open park land at various elevations ranging from 3,500 to 4,000 feet. (Report of the Provincial Museum, 1954, p.24)

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

Translation of the name given by local Indians on account of the loss of many of their hunters, killed by Nootka Indians who had travelled here from the west coast in search of elk and killed any Salish hunters they encountered. (information provided to William Newcombe, Provincial Library, by W. Harvey, who lived in this area in the 1890's).

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

Forbidden Plateau so-named because the Indians believed it to be inhabited by evil spirits.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

See Robert Brown's Journal of the Vancouver Island Exploration Expedition, 1864, p. 18, for various versions of the "forbidden/taboo" theme; also Vancouver Province (magazine section) 17 April 1927, p. 7; also Courtenay-Comox Argus, 15 August 1946.

Source: included with note