Campbell River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows E into Discovery Passage, NW end of Strait of Georgia, Sayward Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°02'55''N, 125°15'30''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92K/3
Related Maps: 92F/13
92F/14
92K/3
92K/4

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 10 August 1944 on C.3565, as labelled on Admiralty Chart A580, published in 1862 from surveys by Capt. Richards, RN, in 1860, and as labeled on numerous subsequent charts and maps. Altered application 7 May 1959 on 92 F/13, defining the source as Upper Campbell Lake.

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

Named in 1860 by Captain Richards, HMS Plumper, after Samuel Campbell MD, surgeon aboard Plumper 1857-61. The previous year Richards had named Campbell Bay on Mayne Island, and Samuel Island after the surgeon. See Provincial Archives place names file for lengthy biography and discussion of family crest. See also Bruce McKelvie's article "Where the Campbell Meets the Sea", Vancouver Province 23 August 1947, p.7.

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

Kwak'wala name (for the mouth of the river, or the adjacent village ?) is Tla'mataxw

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