Holmes River

Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Fraser River, SE of McBride
Latitude: 53°15’00”
Longitude: 120°04’00”
NTS map: 93H/8
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Albert W. Holmes (died 1920) 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.

References:

  • Akrigg, George Philip Vernon, 1913-, and Helen B. Akrigg. British Columbia place names. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997
  • Washburn, Stanley 1878-. Trails, trappers and tenderfeet in the new empire of Western Canada. London: A. Melsors, 1912
  • Yellowhead Pass and its people. Valemount, B.C.: Valemount Historic Society, 1984

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