Naming Vancouver (British Columbia): history of the two Vancouvers
How did Vancouver get its name? The standard answer does not explain the intense battle and the emotions it aroused.
The papers of Lord Strathcona might have given an answer but they were destroyed by his family.
There were lots of reasons why Americans, Victorians, Reformers and others found the standard answer the least objectionable.
The Canadian Pacific Railway linked Canada and enabled British Columbia to join Confederation. William Cornelius van Horne was responsible for construction, and he had two symbolic places to name. He looked to his boss Lord Strathcona (Donald A Smith) for the name Craigellachie. Did he also look to him for the name Vancouver?Tags: British Columbia, Vancouver, Washington