Holmes River

Name officially adopted in 1925
Earliest known reference to this name is 1912
Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Fraser River, SE of McBride
Latitude: 53°15’00” N
Longitude: 120°04’00” W
NTS map: 93H/8
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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Albert W. Holmes (died 1920s) was the provincial forest ranger in McBride as early as 1915. Holmes, an American, later farmed in Dunster. He died, unmarried, in the Prince George hospital. The river was named by surveyor James A. Walker between 1912 and 1915. The local name of the river, “Beaver,” dates from before 1910.


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