The BCGS Members’ Tip for July 1st, Canada Day, is: always check place names and locations!
In Canada, there are a few national place name indexes on-line. Try these first –
Geographical Names of Canada. Searchable:
Querying Canadian Geographical Names – alpha list to browse. Updated monthly: http://www4.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography-boundary/geographical-name/search/alphabetical/index_123.php
Atlas of Canada: http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/index.html
First Nation Profiles Interactive Map, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada: http://fnpim-cippn.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca/index-eng.asp
Elections Canada, maps: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=cir/maps&document=index&lang=e
Canadian Geographic: http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/mapping/
Canada – From Confederation To The Present Day in maps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph4KqeBK3XE
Project Naming and Canada’s North, podcast, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/podcasts/Pages/project-naming.aspx
The Great Canadian Geography Challenge: http://www.geochallenge.ca/geochallenge/
And for fun – Geist Atlas of Canada,The National Playlist Map of Canada: http://www.geist.com/map-national-playlist
For smaller, locally named ‘unofficially named’ places,if not included in these sites, you may find directories or local histories or historical newspapers useful. Watch for an article on British Columbia place names and maps soon.