Every two weeks, Rare Books and Special Collections is featuring a historic document based on a B.C. place name used in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Our third featured B.C. place is the Nimpkish area. The community of Nimpkish is on the end of Nimpkish Lake, on the northern part of Vancouver Island. An area known for forestry (as part of the North island Central Coast Forest District), it is also the home of the Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park, and the traditional territory of the ‘Namgis First Nation.
The document shown comes from the Yorkshire Trust Company fonds, and the files from this collection show the establishment of the Nimpkish Lake Logging Company in the early 20th century. The files contain minutes and correspondence regarding shares and timber leases.
The Yorkshire Trust Company was based in England, but established an office in Vancouver in 1880. Being one of the first financial companies to operate in British Columbia, its records include valuable historical information on a variety of early British Columbia businesses. These records are available for consultation in the Rare Books and Special Collections division of the library.