Morkill River

Name officially adopted in 1925
Earliest known reference to this name is 1923
Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Fraser River, near Loos
Latitude: 53°36’00” N
Longitude: 120°42’00” W
NTS map: 93H/10
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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The name was adopted in 1925 to recognize surveyor Dalby Brooks Morkill (1880-1955). Morkill was born in Sherbrooke, Québec, and came to British Columbia in 1898. He received his commission as a British Columbia Land Surveyor in 1910. Morkill was employed in 1912 by the British Columbia government making surveys on the Fraser River, between Horsey Creek and Holmes River. In 1913, with Alan S. Thompson, Morkill surveyed between the Goat River and Catfish Creek. Morkill worked on the British Columbia-Alberta boundary surveys north of Yellowhead Pass in the early 1920s. Subsequently Morkill surveyed in several other areas of the Province. During his last years he spent summers at his residence at Barkerville and winters in Vancouver.

It is known locally as the Smoky River, a name that dates back to at least 1909.


  • Akrigg, George Philip Vernon (1913-2001), and Helen B. Akrigg. British Columbia Place Names. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997. Google Books
  • Wheeler, Arthur O., and Cautley, R.W. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part II. 1917 to 1921. From Kicking Horse Pass to Yellowhead Pass.. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1921
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. Morkill River. BCGN
  • Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia. Annual Reports. 1956
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