Koeye Point

Feature Type:Point - Land area jutting into a water feature; also used for a convex change in direction of a shoreline.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: kway
Relative Location: E shore of Fitz Hugh Sound, S of Bella Bella, Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°46'22''N, 127°52'49''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92M/13

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 May 1946 on C3784, as suggested by Hydrographic Service in association with Koeye River.

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

This Heiltsuk First Nation term is believed to mean “bird sitting on the water.” The 18,750-ha Koeye Conservancy, an intact old-growth rainforest watershed with some of BC’s most productive salmon and grizzly bear habitat, represents an important aspect of the lands protected by the historic 2006 central coast land-use decision. The Koeye people, a branch of the Heiltsuk, formerly occupied several village sites on this river. A Heiltsuk-owned ecotourism lodge is now located at its mouth. About 1.5 km upstream are the remains of a limestone quarry, which operated 1935-67. The nearby Koeye Range and Lake are named after the River.

Source: Scott, Andrew; "The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names"; Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, 2009, pages 316-317.