Tow Hill

Feature Type:Hill - Elevation of terrain rising prominently above the surrounding land.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: rhymes with cow
Relative Location: E side of McIntyre Bay at mouth of Hiellen River, NE end of Graham Island, Queen Charlotte Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°04'28''N, 131°47'55''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103J/4

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on Geological Survey of Canada maps compiled by George Dawson, 1878; confirmed 6 February 1948 on C.3714 and 10 December 1959 on 103 J/4.

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

Identified as "Macroon hill" in Sailing Directions, Queen Charlotte Islands - Western Coast of North America, 1853, p.7; remarks by George H. Inskip, Master, RN. (British Library 10496.i.29). Labelled "Nagdon Hill" on British Admiralty Chart 2430 (a compilation of Vancouver's 1792 survey with corrections from a Russian chart of 1849), published in 1856.

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

This feature is an eroded volcanic plug - the most distinctive navigational landmark on the entire North Beach. Tow is derived from a Haida word that rhymes with "cow", and means place of food. Many legends about its' origin and the significance of the blowhole at the base of the hill......

Source: Dalzell, Kathleen E; "Queen Charlotte Islands - Book 2: of places and names"; Prince Rupert: Cove Press, 1973