Grand Fork

Former name. British Columbia: Junction of Robson River and Fraser River
Earliest known reference to this name is 1863 (Milton and Cheadle).

The Grand Fork of the Fraser River is where it is joined by the Robson River. Passing the Fork in 1863, Walter Cheadle said, “This Grand Fork of the Fraser is the original Tête Jaune Cache, so called from being the spot chosen by an Iroquois trapper, known by the sobriquet of Tête Jaune or “Yellow Head,” to hide the furs he obtained on the western side.”

“Gnd. Fork of Fraser R.” appears on Trutch’s 1871 map.

The Robson River is called Grand Forks River on Coleman’s 1911 map of the Mount Robson region and Arthur Wheeler’s 1912 topographical map of the Mount Robson region.


  • Cheadle, Walter Butler [1835–1910]. Cheadle’s Journal of Trip Across Canada 1862-63. Ottawa: Graphic Publishers, 1931. UBC Library
  • Trutch, Joseph William [1826–1904]. Map of British Columbia to the 56th Parallel North Latitude. Victoria, B.C.: Lands and Works Office, 1871. University of Victoria
  • McEvoy, James [1862–1935]. “Map Showing Yellowhead Pass Route From Edmonton To Tête-Jaune Cache.” (1900). Natural Resources Canada
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860-1945 ]. “The Alpine Club of Canada’s expedition to Jasper Park, Yellowhead Pass and Mount Robson region, 1911.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 4 (1912):9. Alpine Club of Canada

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