Category Archives: Place Names

Rearguard Falls Park

The Rearguard Falls viewpoint provides an excellent opportunity for travelers to witness the end of a long journey by the Chinook, largest of the Pacific salmon. These fish have survived several years at sea to return to the river of their birth, the mighty Fraser. From its estuary in British Columbia’s lower mainland to this point, the Chinook have traveled upstream over 1200 km. Some may be successful battling over these falls to reach the gravel above, but for most, Rearguard Falls marks the end of their journey.

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Terry Fox Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Fraser River drainage
Flows W. into Fraser River
52°58’33” N 119°19’6″ W — Map 083D14 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1981
Official in BCCanada

Adopted 15 September 1981; BC Parks requires a name for this watercourse, for a boundary description.

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Mount Robson Protected Area

British Columbia. Protected Area
Area adjacent to W Mount Robson Park
53°0’40” N 119°17’29” W — Map 083E03 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 2018
Official in BCCanada

Mount Robson Protected Area established by Order in Council 955, 30 September 2004: the whole containing approximately 14 hectares.

Marathon Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Fraser River drainage
Flows N. into Fraser River near Mount Robson
53°0’23” N 119°16’46” W — Map 083E03 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1981
Official in BCCanada

Related to Terry Fox and his “Marathon of Hope”. The headwaters of this creek are in Mount Terry Fox Park.

James Teit 1909 map of Shuswap Territory

Map showing the Shuswap Territory. Figure 199, p. 450, Teit

Map showing the Shuswap Territory. Figure 199, p. 450, Teit

Fig. 199. Map showing the Shuswap Territory.

A – Fraser River Division
B – Cañon Division, territory now largely occupied by the Chilcotin
C – Lake Division
D – North Thompson Division

D’ – Kinbasket
D” – Former territory of the Iroquois Band
D”’ – Shuswap, Cree, and Iroquois mixed
E – Bonaparte Division

F – Kamloops Division.
G – Shuswap Lake Division.
G’ – Arrow Lake Band.
• – Villages.
+ – Former villages

Dotted area, territory recently occupied by the Chilcotin.
Area at head of Fraser River, enclosed by broken double lines, temporarily occupied by the Sekanai.

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James Alexander Teit (1864 —1922) was an anthropologist, photographer and guide who worked with Franz Boas to study Interior Salish First Nations peoples in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Accompanying Boaz, he was a member of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, a major anthropological expedition to Siberia, Alaska, and the northwest coast of Canada. The purpose of the expedition was to investigate the relationships among the peoples at each side of the Bering Strait.

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  • Teit, James Alexander [1864–1922]. The Jesup North Pacific Expedition. Memoir of the American Museum of Natural History. Volume 2, Part 7. The Shuswap. New York: Stechert, 1909. American Museum of Natural History

Jackpine Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Fraser River drainage
Flows S into an unnamed tributary of Holmes River below Jackpine Pass
53°18’39″N N 119°24’13” W — Map 83E/6 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 2009
Official in BCCanada

A new name proposed by water licence applicant William F. (Duke) Peterson/Holmes Hydro Inc, likely because of juxtaposition with Jackpine River, whose headwaters are just over the divide in Alberta.

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