Trevor Channel

Feature Type:Channel (3) - Narrow stretch of water connecting two bodies of water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of Barkley Sound, SW side of Vancouver Island, Barclay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°52'05''N, 125°07'30''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92C/14

Origin Notes and History:

Trevor Channel adopted 13 August 1945 on C.3609, as originally recommended May 1931 by Hydrographic Service, not "Eastern Channel" as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 592, 1861 et seq, and on BC Lands' map 2A, 1919 et seq.

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

Named in 1931 by H.D. Parizeau, Canadian Hydrographic Service, "...after Frances Hornby Trevor, young bride of Captain Charles William Barkley, who was with her husband on board the Imperial Eagle when he discovered Barkley Sound in 1787. Mrs. Barkley was the first white woman to visit the north west coast of America. She was 17 years of age." (11 May 1931 notation by H.D. Parizeau, Hydrographic Service)

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

"In 1786, when only 26 years of age, [Captain Charles William Barkley] left the service of the East India Company to take command of the Loudon, alias the Imperial Eagle, which was being outfitted in the Thames River for a trading voyage to the Pacific Northwest coast. While in Ostend, Barkley met and married Frances Hornby Trevor, the 17 year old daughter of the Protestant minister. The marriage took place 27 October 1786. When the Imperial Eagle sailed four weeks later, Mrs. Barkley courageously accompanied her husband on the voyage, and thus was the first white woman to see the Northwest coast of America. Her unpublished reminiscences, written in the latter days of her life, and now in the Provincial Archives in Victoria, are the main source of information about this and later voyages.... In her reminiscences Mrs Barkley wrote, ' this part of the coast proved a rich harvest of furs. Likewise another very large sound to which Captain Barkley gave his own name, calling it Barkley's Sound. Also several coves, bays and islands in the sound we named. There was Frances Island, named after myself; Hornby Peak, also after myself; Cape Beale, after our purser; Williams Point and a variety of other names'...."

Source: Barkley Sound; a history of the Pacific Rim National Park area, by R.Bruce Scott, Fleming Printing, Victoria, 1972, pp17-23.

"Frances Hornby Trevor Barkley [accompanied her husband] in two circumnavigations of the globe, starting her first voyage at the age of 17 1/2, directly after her marriage at Ostend, 27 October 1786. Mrs. Barkley kept an interesting journal of the voyage, and from this book the incidents narrated here are taken.... ...Mrs. Barkley died in 1843."

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)