Gonzales Bay is named after Gonzalo Lopez de Haro who was mate aboard the Princesa Real, the first European vessel to explore Juan de Fuca Strait in 1790. Gonzales bay used to be called Foul Bay (same as the road forming the boundary between Oak Bay and Victoria!) after the poor anchorage qualities of the bay, until misguided local residents wanted the bay's name changed. Eventually, in 1934, the Geographic Board of Canada caved into the complaints and renamed the bay after Gonzalo Lopez de Haro.
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