Category Archives: place names

Kakwa River

Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows NE across BC-Alberta boundary into Smoky River, E of Jarvis Lakes, N of McBride
Latitude: 54°05’59”
Longitude: 120°00’04”
NTS map: 93I/1
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Google Maps

Name appears on BC-Alberta Boundary Atlas sheet #39, 1924. The river was been labeled “Porcupine River” on 1912 map of BC Northern Interior (publisher not cited), and on BC Lands 1913 Preliminary Forest Map, and on BC Lands 1917 map of the Forest Stand Types in British Columbia.

Mountaineer F. Prescott Fay, who spent the summers of 1912-14 tracking big game in this area, suggested the name be changed [or revert (?)] to “Kakwa”, the Cree word for porcupine.

References:

  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. BCGN
  • Fay, S. Prescott. “The Canadian Rockies between the Yellowhead Pass and the Peace River.” Appalachia 13, no. 3 (1915)

Kakwa Lake

Feature type: Lake
Province:
Location: Head of Kakwa River, just S of Jarvis Lakes, N of McBride
Latitude: 54°00’59”
Longitude: 120°10’04”
NTS map: 93I/1
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Google Maps

The name was adopted in 1925 as labelled on BC-Alberta boundary sheet 39, 1924.

References:

  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. BCGN
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Kakwa Provincial Park

Feature type: Provincial Park
Province: British Columbia
Location: Adjoining BC-Alberta boundary, E of Prince George
Latitude: 54°02’59”
Longitude: 120°19’59”
NTS map: 93I/1
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Google Maps

The Kakwa Recreation Area was established in 1987, containing about 128,000 hectares. In 1999 the area was extended and status changed to a provincial park, to be known as Kakwa Park, now containing almost 171,000 hectares.

References:

  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. BCGN
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