Terrace

Feature Type:City - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a city municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Surrounding Skeena River between Hazelton and Prince Rupert, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°30'59''N, 128°35'59''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103I/10
Related Maps: 103I/10
103I/7

Origin Notes and History:

Incorporated as a Village Municipality 31 December 1927 by Letters Patent. Terrace (Railway Station) identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Terrace (Village) 4 November 1948 on 103NE, in keeping with incorporated status. Re-incorporated as a District Municipality 1 January 1960; confirmed 9 September 1964 on 103I-J. Re-incorporated as a City Municipality 22 January 1987 by Letters Patent. Boundary extension 30 March 1999.

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

Unnamed on Fr. Morice's 1907 map; labelled "Littleton" on 1912 Map of Northern Interior of British Columbia, and on BC Lands' map 1A, 1912. Terrace Post Office was opened 1 January 1912. Labelled "Terrace" on BC Lands' map 3M, 1916.

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

First called "Eby" in recognition of a man & his wife who built a store at the landing. "Littleton" was suggested as the name [of the post office], but when it was discovered that there was already a Littleton elsewhere in Canada, "Terrace" was chosen as the name. (R.G. Large, The Skeena - River of Destiny, Mitchell Press, Vancouver, 1957) [see also the municipality's own website.]

Source: included with note

"....brielfy named "Littleton" after George Little who in 1905 was one of the first pre-emptors. Little had offered the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (now part of the C.N.R.) a free right of way across his land if its station here were named after him. Unfortunately the Post Office department refused to accept "Littleton", there already being a Littleton in New Brunswick. Mr. Little then contemplated the terraces rising above the Skeena at this point, and renamed the town "Terrace"."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997