Knutson Creek

Feature type: Creek (1)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Azure River, Wells Grey Park
Latitude: 52°30’00”
Longitude: 119°47’00”
NTS map: 83D/5
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Louie Knutson (1891-1982) was one of the first non-aboriginals to settle in the Robson Valley. Born in Norway, Knutson emigrated to Canada from the United States in 1910. After a short stint logging on Vancouver Island, he bought two pack horses in Edmonton and headed for the North Thompson valley. He spent the summer in the hills and in the fall came out the Raush River valley to McBride.

After surveying the tar sands for the Alberta government, in 1911 he returned to McBride and went to work for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. He was soon back trapping the North Thompson. On a trip out he married Francis Rose Frye (1905–1992), sister of Ella and Mike Frye. Francis was born in North Dakota and had come with her family to the Valemount area in 1911.

Louie and Francis spent their honeymoon on the trapline. Louis discovered a deposit of high-grade ore at the headwaters of the Azure and Hobson rivers in 1916. He built trails and worked this property until he was unable to walk, but failed to get anything out of it. The site was closed to development when it became part of Wells Grey Provincial Park.


  • Personal correspondence.
  • Robson Valley Courier. Weekly newspaper published by Pyramid Press of Jasper from1969–88.
  • Yellowhead Pass and its people. Valemount, B.C.: Valemount Historic Society, 1984

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