Miracle Beach Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Just S of mouth of Oyster River, N of Courtenay, Comox Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°50'58''N, 125°05'54''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/14

Origin Notes and History:

Established by Order in Council 2259/50. Redescribed per OIC 1201/90. Conversion of OIC to Statute designation per Bill 17-2000: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 29 June 2000; the whole containing approximately 137 hectares (109 hectares of upland and 28 hectares of foreshore).

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

The name "Miracle Beach" was chosen because the park is part of the locale of an ancient Indian legend: Once upon a time - so the story runs - the Cape Mudge Indians, beseiged, stricken and timorous, were the constant prey of the surrounding war-like tribes. One day a starving stranger stumbled in upon them and was fed, clothed and befriended. The stranger revealed himself as a messenger of the Great Spirit.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa