Nootka Sound

Feature Type:Sound (1) - Large body of water from which two or more inlets, arms or channels branch off.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W side of Vancouver Island, between Clayoquot and Kyuquot Sounds, Nootka Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°36'00''N, 126°34'45''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92E/10
Related Maps: 92E/10
92E/15
92E/16
92E/7
92E/9

Origin Notes and History:

"Nootka Sound (not Nutka nor Mazzarredo)" adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as long identified on early British Admiralty charts and maps. Extent confirmed 21 July 1972 on 92E, C3662, C3663, C3664 and C3665.

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

Entrance is 5 miles wide, between Maquinna and Escalante Points; extent includes Tahsis Inlet, Tlupana Inlet and Muchalat Inlet. (Admiralty Pilot, vol. I, 1923, and sketch from Hydrographic Service, July 1972, file N.2.33)

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

"On my arrival in this inlet, I had honoured it with the name King Geoge's Sound; but I afterward found it is called Nootka by the natives." (Captain James Cook, 1778.)

Source: included with note

Nootka Sound was 'discovered' by Juan Perez in 1774, who named the harbour here San Lorenzo. He was followed by Captain Cook in April 1778, who bestowed the name King George's Sound, then changed the name to Nootka Sound because he [Cook] thought "Nootka" was the Indian name for the inlet. In this Cook was mistaken; the most likely explanation for Cook's mistake is that supplied by the missionary priest Father Brabant, who lived for many years among these Indians: what the white men heard was "noot-ka-eh," the imperative of the Indian verb "nootksitl," meaning "Go Around!".

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