In a way, this segment of Canada was named after a river. If you think back to your school days, you may remember an Italian explorer, Christoforo Colombo.
Sir Francis Drake had once called the area that stretched from California to Oregon and through B.C. "New Albion", but it didn't catch on.
Around 1793, Captain Vancouver decided to honour his king and gave the names of New Georgia to northern Washington/southern B.C. and New Hanover to the northern B.C. coast. That also did not catch on.
When the border was created at the 49th parallel in 1846, the northern part became known as British Columbia. New Caledonia was rejected due to the fact that there are French islands in the South Pacific using the same name and it might have become confusing.
So, this province was named after a river that was named after an explorer. Just be happy it wasn't a Spaniard who had named their ship after Colombo or this could have been British Colonic! Makes me think of a cleansing procedure.
Thank you Tom Snyders and Jennifer O'Rourke for the book Namely Vancouver from which I obtained the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, new Caledonia, history, Christoforo Colombo, Captain Vancouver British Columbia,The Hudson's Bay Company,Namely Vancouver