Geographic Name Proposals

On this page

  1. How to comment on current proposals
  2. About geographic names
  3. How it works
  4. How to request a name
  5. For more information

How to comment on current proposals

The Ontario Geographic Names Board has received nine name proposals and wants to hear from residents who know any local name(s) for the features highlighted on the map.

Based on your feedback, the Board may make a recommendation to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry to officially adopt the proposed name. Official names appear on government maps and publications.

If you are familiar with these features and would like to comment, please complete a short survey by March 31, 2022.

For a printable version of the map, please email geographicnames@ontario.ca.

Map showing list of locations

Current surveys

  1. Lee Blair Island: Located within Soyers Lake, Geographic Township of Minden, Township of Minden Hills, County of Haliburton.
  2. Dougherty Bay: Located within Rideau River, Geographic Township of Oxford (On Rideau), Municipality of North Grenville, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.
  3. Wierikko Island: Located within Missing Lake, Geographic Township of Jacques, District of Thunder Bay.
  4. Mink Islands Camp: Located within Lake Huron, Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, District of Manitoulin.
  5. Spencer Island: Located within Rainy Lake, Geographic Township of Watten, District of Rainy River.
  6. Spitfire Island: Located within St. Lawrence River, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.
  7. Mel’s Place: Located in Duck Bay within the District of Kenora.
  8. West Wind Isle: Located within within Georgian Bay, Township of Carling, District of Parry Sound.
  9. Raccoon Lake: Located within the Geographic Township of Burleigh, Township of North Kawartha, County of Peterborough. Parts of the west edge are situated within Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

About geographic names

Geographic names help us describe our surroundings and identify historic, cultural and natural features on the landscape.

They are essential for:

  • mapping
  • emergency response
  • resource management
  • conservation
  • travel and tourism
  • law enforcement
  • environmental planning

How it works

In Ontario, we have the Ontario Geographic Names Board.

The Board:

  • reviews applications for new names for unincorporated places (e.g., villages, hamlets) and geographic features (e.g., lakes, rivers, hills, valleys)
  • submits recommended geographic feature names to the Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry for approval in accordance with the Ontario Geographic Names Board Act

When recommending names, the Board:

  • follows the principles and procedures it has put in place
  • confirms that names are used and supported by the community

A spatial database of official geographic feature and unincorporated place names (in English, French and First Nation languages) is maintained by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

View recent naming decisions

How to request a name

Step 1: Read our naming principles.

Applicants should note:

  • requests that do not comply with the principles will not be considered
  • the Board primarily considers the local usage of a name
  • commemorative names are reserved for those who made an outstanding contribution to a local area, Ontario or Canada
  • land ownership on its own does not warrant changing a well-established name
  • the Board does not support commemorative names for living persons
  • the Board does not endorse naming contests or competitions and will not accept the results of these activities

Step 2: Send an email to geographicnames@ontario.ca to request a submission form.

Don’t forget to attach relevant documentation that will support your name request. Your submission will be reviewed by the Board for potential approval. This process can take up to 12 months.

For more information

The Ontario Geographic Names Board
Mapping and Information Resources Branch
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
2nd Floor North
300 Water Street
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5

Tel: 705-761-6859
Fax: 705-755-2149
E-mail: geographicnames@ontario.ca

The Ontario Geographic Names Board received a name proposal and wants to hear from residents who know any local name(s) for the feature highlighted on the map. Based on your feedback, the Board may make a recommendation to the Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and...