Comiaken Land District
Comiaken District is located on the eastern shore of southern Vancouver Island, roughly 25 km south of Cedar District. The origins of its name are murky, though it is clear that the region draws its name from Comiaken Hill: the BC Geographical Names Information System offers the explanation that Comiaken may mean to pull grass or hay up by the roots, or [Aboriginals] by the sea,1 while Akrigg and Akrigg speculate that it means bare, or void of vegetation.2
The Comiaken region was mapped as part of Pemberton's surveys of the southern Vancouver Island during the 1850s, which can be seen on this map and another, both from 1859.
  • 1. Comiaken Land District, BC Geographical Names Information System.
  • 2. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Place Names (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997), 51.
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Pemberton, Joseph Despard

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The Colonial Despatches Team. Comiaken Land District. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/comiaken.html.

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