The municipality of Metchosin, on the south end of Vancouver Island, is a rural and agricultural suburb of Victoria. Metchosin, which is Salishan First Nation in origin, refers to a place of fish oil or stinking fish.1
In 1842, Douglas visited the area during his surveys of the Island's coast, where in this document he makes reference to a Whoyring, present-day Becher Bay, although historians Akrigg and Akrigg appear to misspell it as “Belcher”, perhaps in confusion with the West Coast's Belcher Point.2
  • 1. Andrew Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009), 385.
  • 2. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Chronicle, 1778-1846 (Victoria: Discovery Press, 1975), 349.
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