Kennedy Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Kennedy River NW of Barkley Sound, SW of Port Alberni (city), Clayoquot Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°03'35''N, 125°33'15''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/4
Related Maps: 92F/3
92F/4

Origin Notes and History:

Kennedy Lake adopted 3 December 1946 on 92F/3, as labelled on Map of the Vancouver Island Exploration Expedition, 1865, and Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, and on BC Lands' map 2A, 1913, etc. Re-approved 7 January 1947 on 92F/4.

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

Named in 1865 by John Buttle, commander of the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition, after Arthur Edward Kennedy, who had succeeded James Douglas as the second Governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island, 1864-66.

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

"Here I would beg to state that it is my intention to adhere to Indian names when they are easily pronounced. I have called this lake, Lake Kennedy after His Excellency." [referring to Arthur E. Kennedy, Governor of Vancouver Island, Dec 1863 - Oct 1866.] (from Report of John Buttle, Vancouver Island Exploration Expedition, 1865, p.2; copy in the Provincial Archives)

Source: included with note