Scottish Place Names
- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

For comparability with other cities around the world, Vancouver has been defined as those parts of the Greater Vancouver Regional District which form a continuous, or near-continuous built-up urban area. This area includes the following cities, districts and corporations, which collectively constitute the Lower Fraser Valley: Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Bowen Island, Village of Lions, Squamish, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Langley, White Rock, Village of Belcarra, Village of Anmore, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. Of the names of the 359 cities, communities and neighbourhoods that have been identified to date in Greater Vancouver, 80 (22.3%) can be found as place names in Scotland or are based on Scottish family names or Scottish words. Of course, some of these names are used in other parts of the British Isles as well, but 44 of them (12.3%) appear to have a unique connection with Scotland, whether directly or indirectly. However, several of these are variations on a single name, for example the numerous neighbourhoods with Fraser or Lynn as part of their name.

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Communities and neighbourhoods with names that occur only in Scotland and not elsewhere in the British Isles, and/or are definitely, or most probably, of Scottish origin are:

Some of the following districts, neighbourhoods and subdivisions are also likely to have a direct or indirect Scottish connection but these names tend to be used in other parts of the British Isles as well:

A final category of neighbourhood and suburban names comprises places that can be found in Scotland, but which, in Vancouver's case, definitely or most probably have no connection with Scotland.


Other evidence of the Scottish influence on the development of Greater Vancouver can be found in the names of parks, creeks and other geographical features throughout the metropolitan area. Examples of parks with names that sound Scottish include: Ailsa Park (Glenayre), Andy Livingstone Park (Gastown), Braemar Park (North Lonsdale), Cameron Park (Mary Hill), Dugald J. Morrison Park (Ladner), Glencoe Park (Glenayre), Invergarry Park (Port Mann), Kelvin Grove Beach Park (Village of Lions), McNair Place Park (Upper Lynn), Montrose Park (Burnaby Heights) and Ron McLean Park (Middlegate). This list is by no means exhaustive. Creeks and rivers include Campbell River (Hazelmere), Irvine Creek (Burke Mountain), McDonald Creek (Panorama Village), McLean Creek (Burke Mountain) and of course the Fraser River itself. Other geographical place names include Brae Island, Blair Point, Gunn Island, Iona Island and McDonald Slough (all in the City of Richmond), Ferguson Point (City of Vancouver) and Garrow Bay (Gleneagles). The illustration is of Glencoe in Argyll, Scotland.


© Ian Kendall
Melbourne, Australia, March 2005
Revised February 2009

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