Savary Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W of Malaspina Peninsula at NE end of Strait of Georgia, NW of Powell River (city), New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°56'26''N, 124°49'02''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/15

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 27 April 1945 on C.3591, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 580, 1862 et seq.

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

"Captain Vancouver notes in his journal for June 1792 that he sailed past '...an island lying in an east and west direction, which I named Savary Island...' He does not tell us who Savary was, and nobody has been able to identify him."

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

See also "Gaviola, Camino and Romay:18th century placenames in the Strait of Georgia" by Gabriola Island historian Nick Doe, for a discussion about the Spanish explorers' name for Savary Island - Punta de Romay. www.nickdoe.ca/pdfs/Webp511c.pdf (link provided April 2011.)

Source: included with note

A Sliammon village used to be located here, called Kay ay Kwon.

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

Áyhus, meaning 'double-headed serpent' is the Sliammon name for this island. Looking at Savary Island on a map or from the air, one can see that this island is, indeed, shaped like a double-headed serpent! It is said that when the Transformer came around, a double-headed serpent was trying to return to his cave on Hurtado Point. However, the Transformer changed this creature into the island before it had a chance to get home. (from "Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands" by Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard, BCILP; Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1983, p.164.)

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