McGregor River

Name officially adopted in 1915
Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows W into Fraser River, N of Upper Fraser
Latitude: 54°10’46” N
Longitude: 122°02’01” W
NTS map: 93J/1
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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Captain James Herrick McGregor

Captain James Herrick McGregor

Includes to its source the South Branch of the North Fork of the Fraser River. Formerly also known as Big Salmon River.

Surveyor James Herrick McGregor (1869-1915) was born in Montreal, and received his early education in the east. He came to western Canada in 1891 and obtained his commission as a Provincial Land Surveyor. He practiced his profession for a few years in the Kootenays and subsequently settled in Victoria. MacGregor was involved in the 1891-98 triangulation and photo-topographic surveys of the southern Rocky Mountains in the vicinity of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary. He enlisted early in World War I and was killed at Ypres.

His obituary in the Victoria Colonist stated: “For the past 25 years Captain McGregor has been one of the best known Victorians. Throughout the Province, too, he was well known, as in past years he visited many sections of British Columbia in his business of a Provincial land surveyor. With his fellow officers of the 50th Gordon Highlanders, and also with the men under his command, he was esteemed for his many sterling qualities. The late Captain McGregor leaves a widow and four children.”

A quartet of streams: Captain Creek, James Creek, Herrick Creek, and McGregor River, all named in memory of Captain James Herrick McGregor, PLS.


  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. Morkill River. BCGN
  • Andrews, Gerald Smedly. Professional land surveyors of British Columbia. Cumulative nominal roll. Victoria: Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, 1978
  • Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia. Annual Reports. 1956
  • The Canadian Virtual War Memorial. CVWM. Captain James Herrick McGregor. CVWM

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