In around 1860, Captain Richards and the HMS Plumper surveyed the coastal waters of British Columbia, including Howe Sound. Captain Richards proceeded to name islands, points, bays, and channels in the Howe Sound area after officers and ships associated with the sea victory of the British Fleet over the French in 1794. Latona Passage (between Woolridge Island and Gambier) was named for a warship –HMS Latona, a thirty-eight-gun frigate and the Thornborough Channel was named after her captain.
Admiral Sir Edward Thornborough was the captain of the Latona, a signal frigate, which was stationed in the center of the British Fleet to pass on Howe’s signals throughout the fleet. He took the frigate into the thick of the fight to assist the Bellerophon when that vessel was almost overwhelmed by the enemy.
A Mr. Edward Linfoot eventually settled Latona beach in 1914.
When the property was purchased for a naval training centre in the 1940’s it was originally named Camp Georgia, subsequently, it was re-named Camp Latona.
The site of Latona Beach was originally used for a Navy Sea Cadet Camp. The federal government provided the original construction of the site in the 1940’s.
Camp Latona opened its doors to greet campers for the first time in the summer of 1959 after being purchased by the Archdiocese of Vancouver the previous year for $27,000. Thousands of children from all walks of life have passed through this camp; with the experience of Camp Latona offering something that each child would remember for a lifetime.
Latona Beach was sold in 1999 to an American Christian organization that continued to use our camp in the summers. The camp ceased to operate as a children’s summer residential camp and became a destination rental resort.
In 2007, our camp was privately purchased to return it to the original vision of establishing an inclusive summer camp for children. The Camp Latona Society leases the Latona Beach site and have returned it to its fundamental origin as a summer camp. The Camp Latona Society is a non-profit organization comprised of campers and staff who remember and are thankful for the many ways our lives have been blessed by Camp Latona.
Since then we have been working hard to develop excellent, intentional programming for future generations to enjoy.