Goodell Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Fraser River drainage
Flows NW into Holmes River
53.2969 N 119.455 W — Map 083E06 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 2010
Official in BCCanada

When a name to the watercourse was required for a water licence in 2010, the BC Geographical Names Office adopted “Goodell Creek” to recall W. R. Goodell, an outfitter and guide who operated out of the Dunster-McBride area in the 1920s and 1930s. The Office cites several passages in Marilyn Wheeler’s Robson Valley Story.

The BC Archives has an interview with Oliver Goodell in 1983, in which Oliver talks of his father (W. R.?) guiding hunters in the McBride area around 1919.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory for 1918 notes “Goodell G. trapping and Goodell L. E. trapping” at Shere.

L. E. “Slim” Goodell was a horse packer for the expedition of Rollin Thomas Chamberlin [1881–1948] up Tête Creek in 1924.


  • Wrigley Directories, Limited. Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory. Vancouver: 1918. Internet Archive
  • British Columbia Provincial Archives. 1960, Oliver Goodell interview. BC Archives
  • Wheeler, Marilyn [1932–2016]. The Robson Valley Story. McBride, B.C.: Robson Valley Story Group, 1979, pp 31, 86, 137, 357, 366, 367, 414, 449, 653.
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Goodell Creek
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