Doré River

Name officially adopted in 1965
Earliest known reference to this name is 1910
Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows NE into Fraser River, NW of McBride
Latitude: 53°20’00” N
Longitude: 120°12’00” W
NTS map: 93H/8
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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Doré is French for “golden.” The former Fifty Mile Creek, according to trapper Jack Damon, was given its name by a Norwegian prospector named Olson, “who found a few colors in his pan, so he called it doré, golden. He was a Norwegian Frenchman.”

Around 1911 Louis Knutson “bought the trapline on the Dore River, but I only made one trip and it was no good, it was all trapped out. Some of the boys had been in there.”

The name appears on the “Preliminary Map of the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Jarvis Pass and Yellowhead Pass” (Bull. Amer. Geog. Soc. Vol. XLVII, No. 7, 1915), showing the route followed by Mary L. Jobe in August 1914, with guide Donald Phillips.

Doré is also another name for the Dolly Varden, but although that fish is found in this river, the name is not common in this area.

References:

  • Wheeler, Marilyn. The Robson Valley Story. McBride, B.C.: Robson Valley Story Group, 1979. p. 151
  • Wheeler, Marilyn. The Robson Valley Story. McBride, B.C.: Robson Valley Story Group, 1979
  • Jobe, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “Mt. Kitchi: A New Peak in the Canadian Rockies.” Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Volume 47, No. 7 (1915):481-497. Map follows p. 496. JSTOR
  • Personal correspondence. Jack Damon, ca. 1975
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