McGregor River

British Columbia. River: Fraser River drainage
Flows W into Fraser River, N of Upper Fraser
54.1794 N 122.0336 W — Map 93J/1 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1915
Official in BCCanada
Captain James Herrick McGregor

Captain James Herrick McGregor

British Columbia Geographical Names states, “McGregor River adopted 28 May 1915. 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 British Columbia Provincial Land Surveyor. He practiced his profession for a few years in the Kootenays and subsequently settled in Victoria. McGregor 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 in World War I and was killed in the Battle of 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.”


  • Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors. Annual Report (1956)., 1956
  • Andrews, Gerald Smedley [1903–2005]. Professional Land Surveyors of British Columbia. Cumulative nominal roll. Victoria: Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, 1978
  • The Canadian Virtual War Memorial. CVWM, Captain James Herrick McGregor. CVWM
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. McGregor River

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