Ganges Harbour
Feature Type:Harbour (1) - Sheltered water in a shoreline indentation, suitable for mooring or anchoring vessels.
Status: Official
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E. side of Saltspring Island, Cowichan Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°50'20"N, 123°27'06"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92B/14
Origin Notes and History:

Decision on C.3450.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

" [Saltspring Island]....Captain Richards when surveying here evidently wished to associate the island with Rear Admiral Baynes, commanding at the time, 1857-1860, the Pacific station, his flagship, staff and officers etc. He therefore named the highest mountain Baynes, and the island Admiral; Ganges harbour after the flagship; Fulford harbour after the captain; Burgoyne bay after the commander; Southey point after the admiral's secretary; Mount Bruce after the previous commander in chief; and Cape Keppel after a friend of Admiral Baynes."

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)

This well-known harbour on Saltspring Island was earlier known as Admiralty Bay. It takes its present name from H.M.S. Ganges, 84 guns, flagship on the Royal Navy's Pacific Station 1857-60. The Ganges, built in 1821, was the last British sailing battleship commissioned for service outside home waters.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.