Point Grey

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Point Grey (Squamish: Elḵsn) is a headland marking the southern entrance to English Bay and Burrard Inlet. The headland is the site of Wreck Beach, Tower Beach, Point Grey Beach and most notably, since 1925, on its top is the Point Grey Campus of the University of British Columbia.[1]

During World War II Tower Beach was the site of submarine watchtowers and gun emplacements while the UBC campus was CFB Point Grey. The watchtower ruins still stand and the gun emplacements have been incorporated into the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

The name Point Grey is often used as a short form for the Vancouver neighbourhood of West Point Grey. It was named by Captain Vancouver for his friend Captain George Grey. The Spaniards, a year earlier, had named it Punta de Langara in honour of Admiral Don Juan de Langara.[2]: 99 

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  1. ^ R. Blair (2001) Our History from University of British Columbia
  2. ^ Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1986), British Columbia Place Names (3rd, 1997 ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, ISBN 0-7748-0636-2

Coordinates: 49°16′15″N 123°15′44″W / 49.27083°N 123.26222°W / 49.27083; -123.26222 (Point Grey)