Ellison Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NE side of Okanagan Lake, SW of Vernon, Osoyoos Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°10'31''N, 119°26'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82L/3

Origin Notes and History:

Established per Order in Council 1147, 1 May 1962. Area extended per OIC 869, 12 May 1988, and by 1201/90. Conversion of OIC to Statute designation per Bill 17-2000: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 29 June 2000; the whole containing 219 hectares (200 hectares of upland and 19 hectares of foreshore ha. more or less. See Ellison (community) for additional biographical information.

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

Named after Price Ellison (1852-1932), who settled here in 1876, and at one time owned or controlled 80% of the property in the area. In 1910, as a cabinet minister in the McBride government, Ellison and his daughter Myra accompanied a party of surveyors to explore and establish boundaries for what would become, the following year, Strathcona Park - British Columbia's first provincial park.

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