eagle bay history
Ever wonder how we got our name? I bet you can guess. Eagle Bay Post Office was opened in May 1913 and was informally named for the bay and the numerous eagles in the area. According to the 1930 BC Gazetteer, Eagle Bay was officially labelled on the BC map and in 1982 we became a community.
The history of Eagle Bay can be found in many places. The Eagle Bay Cemetery at the Church is the resting place of many of our pioneers. Recently long time resident Joe Wallin took the Eagle Bay Community Association Directors on a tour, sharing stories and recollections paying tribute to the resilience of friends and family no longer with us. The history of Eagle Bay is also remembered through the names of many of our roads and parks. Galligan, Ivy (although it should have been spelled Ivey!), Turgeon, Martinson and Whitehead to name just a few, serve to recall our past.
Renee Hester who for many years wrote a column The View from Eagle Bay, was the local informal historian. Renee spent a great deal of time compiling three large binders of photos, stories, and historical documentation for Eagle Bay.
The 69 papers ranging from stories about our pioneers to long time events like some of the first Eagle Bay Days, are a rich and valuable record of our heritage. Print copies can be viewed at the hall and here is a collection of some of the most popular topics. Just click on the image to find out more!