Dryad Point Light

by Captain Alec Provan and John MacFarlane 2016

Dryad Point light

Dryad Point Light (Photo from the Captain Alec Provan collection. )

The Dryad Point Lighthouse is frequently seen and photographed from passing cruise ships. It is a square–tapered, reinforced concrete tower 7.3 metres (24 feet) in height.

Dryad Point light

The Holland America Line Ship Westerdam Passes in Close Proximity to Dryad Point Light (Photo from the Captain Alec Provan collection. )

The name Dryad Point was adopted in the 3rd Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1901; not Turn Point as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 2449, 1872. Renamed after the Hudson’s Bay Company brig Dryad, which in company with the brig Lama, brought material and stores from Fort Vancouver for founding Fort McLoughlin in 1833.

Dryad Point is located at the NE corner of Campbell Island at the junction of Seaforth Channel and Lama Passage, just NW of Bella Bella and Waglisla. Originally named Turn Point by Admiralty surveyors and changed to Dryad Point when the lighthouse was built here in 1901, to avoid confusion with the United States lighthouse situated at Turn Point on Stuart Island, Haro Strait.

References: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office; Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971);

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