Brooks Peninsula Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Kyuquot and Quatsino Sounds, NW side of Vancouver Island, Rupert Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°12'00''N, 127°38'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92L/4

Origin Notes and History:

Brooks Peninsula Recreation Area established per Order in Council 2210, 10 December 1986, containing 28,780 ha. Status changed to Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park and area increased per Bill 53: Park Amendment Act, 13 July 1995, the whole now containing 51,631 ha. more or less. Boundary redescribed per Bill 17: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 12 June 2000, the whole now containing 52,000 ha. more or less. Boundary redescribed and name declared to be "Brooks Peninsula Park [a.k.a. Muqqiwn Park]" per Bill 10: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act 2009, 20 October 2009, the whole now containing approximately 39,944 hectares (36,005 hectares of upland and 3,939 hectares of foreshore).

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

"The British Columbia government is partnering with the Che:k'tles7et' h' members of the Ka:'yu:'k 't 'h'/Che:k'tles7et' h' First Nations, one of the five signatories of the Maa-nulth treaty, to rename Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park. The new park name is to be named Muqin/ Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park. The word Muqin means "The Queen" in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language. New park signs incorporating the language and cultural symbols of Ka:'yu:'k 't 'h'/Che:k'tles7et' h' First Nations will be displayed within the park. The park also falls within the boundaries of the Quatsino First Nation, who support the renaming plan. This area is spiritually significant to these First Nations, and has long served as the traditional hunting and fishing grounds for the Che:k'tles7et' h' peoples." (13 July 2009 Press Release from Ministry of Environment http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2009ENV0007-000094.htm#) [note that spelling & form of park name was adjusted between press release date and legislation date.]

Source: included with note

"...Muqin / Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park is the second-largest protected area on Vancouver Island. The park has one of the most unique landscapes on Vancouver Island as it largely escaped the impacts of the last ice age, offering everything from inter-tidal marine life to a sub-alpine mountain environment. It is home to a variety of rare plant species and unique geologic formations, providing unparalleled opportunities for scientific study..." (13 July 2009 Press Release from Ministry of Environment http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2009ENV0007-000094.htm#)

Source: included with note