To His Excellency
I have the
honor to inform
you that according to your order, I proceeded last Monday (18th) in charge of an
exploration expedition consisting of Captain Bazalgette, RM, one Private,
RM, and three Indians with rations for five days for the purpose of
ascertaining the relative position of Burrard Inlet with regard to
The route I pursued for
the purpose of affecting this was by the small River Brunette to Burnaby
Lake, making the latter my Head Quarters.
The distance from Queenborough to
the lake I ascertained to be by the River about 6 miles. The river is
exceedingly tortuous in its course, and its stage at the time that I
proceeded up it was very low, but perfectly navigable for small canoes the
portages owing to the fallen timber are numerous; but these obstacles
might easily be removed.
The Lake is two miles and a half in
length by one in breadth and the deepest part that I could find, I sounded
at two fathoms, its entire shores are also very swampy – its bearing is
N.70 W. from where the Brunette running to the Fraser flows out of it –
and is about N.70 W. of Queenborough..."
--25 April, 1859,
report from Lt. Blake, RMA to Col. Moody