Hugh Allan Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Columbia River drainage
Flows NW into Canoe Reach, Kinbasket Lake
52.45 N 118.6667 W — Map 83D/7 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1974
Official in BCCanada

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 the first World War Allan returned to Scotland and enlisted. In 1916 he was wounded, and in 1917 he was killed leading his company at Croiselles, France. Lieutenant Allan was shortly predeceased by his wife and infant child.

(There is another Hugh Allan [1810-1882], a Scottish-Canadian shipping magnate, apparently unrelated.)


  • Allan, Hugh Drummond [1887–1917]. “Canoe River Valley.” Report of the Minister of Lands, (1914)
  • Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia. Annual Reports (1956)., 1956
  • Andrews, Gerald Smedley [1903–2005]. 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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