Sutil Channel

Feature Type:Channel (3) - Narrow stretch of water connecting two bodies of water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Cortes and Quadra Islands, at N end of Strait of Georgia, Sayward Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°07'23''N, 125°05'53''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92K/3
Related Maps: 92K/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 27 April 1945 on C.3591 as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 580, 1865 et seq.

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

Named c1864 by Captain Richards. After the Spanish exploring schooner "Sutil" (meaning Subtle), commander Dionisio Alcala Galiano, which vessel in company with the "Mexicana", commander Cayetano Valdez, made an examination of the channels between what is now Vancouver Island and the mainland in the summer of 1792...."

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)