Toba Inlet

Feature Type:Inlet (3) - Elongated body of water extending from a sea or lake.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Extends NE from N end Strait of Georgia, NE of Campbell River (city), Range 1 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°24'39''N, 124°36'14''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92K/7
Related Maps: 92K/7

Origin Notes and History:

Toba Inlet adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as long-labelled on charts.

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

"Examined and named 27 June 1792 by the Spanish naval explorers Galiano and Valdes; Canal de la Tabla so-named because they found here a sort of strange table (tabla) of planks, carved with hieroglyphics by the Indians. (Viage, p.73) By a Spanish cart engraver's error, Tabla became changed into Toba, and this error has since been perpetuated on the charts. Galiano in his journal always refers to the inlet as Canal de la Tabla."

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)