Expansion of Fraser River, Mount Robson Park
52°57’00” N 118°55’00” W — Map 83D/15 — Google — GeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1824 (Simpson).
Name officially adopted in 1933. Official in BC — Canada
“Orignal” is Canadian French for “moose. ” On Arrowsmith’s 1859 map, Moose Lake appears as “Lac L’Original” [sic].
Moose Lake is a fine sheet of water, about 15 miles in length, and not more than three miles in breadth at the widest point, The scenery was very wild and grand, and forcibly reminded us of Wast Water. On the south side, the hills rose perpendicularly out of the water for perhaps 2,000 feet, beyond which was the usual background of rocky and hoary peaks. Over the edge of this mighty precipice a row of silver streams poured with unbroken fall, the smaller ones dissipated in mist and spray ere they reached the lake below.
“Moose L.” appears on British Columbia Surveyor General Joseph Trutch’s 1871 map of British Columbia.
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