Blubber Bay

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: N end of Texada Island in the Strait of Georgia, Texada Island Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°47'00''N, 124°37'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92F/15

Origin Notes and History:

Blubber Bay (Post Office) adopted 7 February 1947 on C.3591, as identified in 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Blubber Bay (Community) 15 December 1982 on 92 F/15.

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

Blubber Bay Post Office opened 15 December 1911; named in association with the bay of the same name.

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

"Mrs. George Hunyor, operator of the only store in Blubber Bay, doesn't sell any whale fat, but she can't keep up with the demand for souvenir spoons bearing the name of the picturesque place. Blubber Bay is a tiny village located in the harbour of Texada Island, a five-mile ferry ride from Powell River, at the north end of Georgia Strait. At the turn of the century it was a whaling station, where whalers would slice up the blubber from the giant mammals. Today its' 35 families chop up limestone in the rock quarries owned by the Domtar Chemical Company." (from Canadian Magazine, Toronto Star, June 1970).

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa