Grand Fork

British Columbia. Former name: Fraser River drainage
Junction of Robson River and Fraser River
Earliest known reference to this name is 1863 (Milton and Cheadle).
Not currently an official name.
Near the Grand Forks of the Fraser River. George Monro Grant, 1871, plate 37

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
  • Grant, George Monro [1835–1902]. Ocean to Ocean: Sanford Fleming’s Expedition through Canada in 1872. Being a Diary Kept During a Journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific with the Expedition of the Engineer-in-Chief of the Canadian Pacific and Intercolonial Railways. Toronto: James Campbell and Son, 1873. Google Books
  • McEvoy, James [1862–1935]. “Map Showing Yellowhead Pass Route From Edmonton To Tête-Jaune Cache.” (1900). Natural Resources Canada
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945]. “Topographical Map Showing Mount Robson and Mountains of the Continental Divide North of Yellowhead Pass to accompany the Report of the Alpine Club of Canada’s Expedition 1911. From Photographic Surveys by Arthur O. Wheeler; A.C.C. Director.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 4 (1912):8-81. Victoria Library, University of Toronto

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