Cultus Sound

Feature Type:Sound (1) - Large body of water from which two or more inlets, arms or channels branch off.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W side of Hunter Island, SW of Bella Bella, Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°55'05''N, 128°11'50''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 102P/16

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 10 August 1944 on C.399, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 1923B, 1867 et seq.

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

Cultus is a Chinook Jargon word meaning worthless, good-for-nothing; in this case presumably signifying the most treacherous of three approaches to Hunter Channel and Bella Bella. Sans Peur Passage (meaning "without fear") connects Cultus Sound and Hunter Channel.

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