Hugh Allan Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Columbia River drainage
Flows W into Canoe River
52°27’00” N 118°40’00” W — Map 83D/7 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1974. Official in BCCanada

The surveyor Hugh Drummond Allan (1887–1917) was born in Scotland and came to Canada around 1907. He became a British Columbia land surveyor in 1912. His professional work was carried on mainly in the Kamloops district and the North Thompson valley. In 1913 he surveyed in the Canoe River area. “From Mile 49 on the Grand Trunk Pacific I proceeded with my party by wagon and reached the Canoe River in one day,” he reported.

After the start of World War I he returned to Scotland and enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was wounded in 1916, and in 1917 he was killed leading his company at Croiselles, France. Captain Allan was shortly predeceased by his wife and infant child.

BC Archives has the following items related to Hugh Drummond Allan:

photograph, ca. 1890
photograph of Captain Hugh Drummond Allan, ca. 1914
probate record, 1918

Note that there is another Canadian figure named Hugh Allan.


  • Allan, Hugh D. “Canoe River Valley.” Report of the Minister of Lands, (1914)
  • Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia. Annual Reports. 1956
  • Andrews, Gerald Smedly 1903-. Métis outpost. Memoirs of the first schoolmaster at the Métis settlement of Kelly Lake, B.C. 1923-1925.. Victoria: G.S. Andrews, 1985

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