Masset

Feature Type:Village (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a village municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side Masset Harbour, NE side of Graham Island, Queen Charlotte Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°00'40''N, 132°08'48''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103K/1

Origin Notes and History:

Masset (Community) adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, located at 54° 01' x 132° 09'. Form changed to Masset (Post Office) 6 February 1948 on C.3805. Incorporated as a Village Municipality 11 May 1961. Application altered 30 November 1982, to 54° 01' x 132° 06' on 103K/1.

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

Massett Post Office was opened 1 August 1909. Spelling adjusted to Masset Post Office 28 May 1948.

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

The Haida name is/was Uttewas, "white slope" in the Masset dialect, probably referring to a small hill at the southern end of the village.

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