Banks Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Hecate Strait and Principe Channel, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°24'13''N, 130°07'50''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103G/8
Related Maps: 103G/1
103G/10
103G/8
103G/9
103H/4
103H/5

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 1923, published in 1863, and as labelled on BC map 1A, 1912, et seq.

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

Named in 1788 by Captain Duncan of the Princess Royal, after Sir Joseph Banks, Bart., (1743-1820), then-president of the Royal Society, and who had accompanied Captain James Cook on the latter's exploratory journey to the South Seas aboard the Endeavor, 1768-1771. See extensive biography in British Columbia Coast Names, by Capt. John T. Walbran.

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