Minette Bay

Feature Type:Bay - Water area in an indentation of the shoreline of a sea, lake, or large river.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Head of Kitimat Arm Douglas Channel, in Kitimat (municipality), Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°01'13''N, 128°37'41''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103I/2

Origin Notes and History:

Originally approved in the 18th Report. Confirmed 4 November 1948 on 103/NE, 4 October 1951 on 103I, 5 March 1953on c.3743 and 2 April 1953 on c.3736.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

Labelled "Minnette Basin" on Department of National Defence sheet 617-18, Kitimat-Kitsumgallum, 1943.

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

Named after the daughter of the Hon. Joseph I. Tarte (1848 - 1907), Minister of Public Works, Canada 1896 - 1902.

Source: 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924 (supplement to the Annual Report of the Dept of the Interior, 1924, Ottawa)

"The pre-contact Haisla village at the head of Minette Bay is called Zagwis, [identified in DIAND records as Jugwees IR #5] and the Minette Creek watershed comprises a traditional Haisla Raven clan stewardship area." (information contributed February 2007 by anthropologist James V. (Jay) Powell, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; consultant to Haisla Nation, 2000-present).

Source: included with note