Refuge Cove

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S end of West Redonda Island at entrance to Desolation Sound, NE of Campbell River (city), New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°07'00''N, 124°50'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92K/2

Origin Notes and History:

Refuge Cove (Post Office & Steamer Landing) adopted 6 April 1950 on 92 NW, as labelled on BC map 2C, 1929, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name identified as Refuge Cove (settlement) in the 1966 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Refuge Cove (locality) 31 May 1982 on 92 K/2. So-named because of the "safe harbour" here, in turn named on Admiralty charts from 1860 or earlier.

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

Refuge Cove Post Office was opened 1 June 1922, not to be confused with Refuge Bay Post Office, opened on Porcher Island (near Prince Rupert), 1 February 1910.

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