Porlier Pass

Feature Type:Pass (1) - Narrow stretch of water connecting two larger water bodies.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Galiano and Valdes Islands, SE of Nanaimo, Cowichan Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°00'47''N, 123°35'27''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/4

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 11 May 1905.

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

Named in 1791 by Jose Maria Narvaez, commanding the Spanish schooner "Saturnina." Incorrectly spelled Portier for many years.

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)

Locally known as "Cowichan Gap" (BC Pilot, Vol 1, 1933, p.120.)

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