Swiftcurrent Creek

Name officially adopted in 1951
Earliest known reference to this name is 1898
Feature type: Creek
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SE into Fraser River, SW of Robson River
Latitude: 53°01’00”
Longitude: 119°16’00”
NTS map: 83E/3
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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“Swift-current River is an erratic, turbulent stream fed by glaciers. It may sometimes be forded without difficulty in the morning and the same evening be utterly impassable,” wrote James McEvoy, who surveyed the area in 1898. That same year a placer strike was made on the creek and several prospecting parties flocked in. After working for a season without finding enough gold to pay their expenses, they left.

References:

  • McEvoy, James. Report on the geology and natural resources of the country traversed by the Yellowhead Pass route from Edmonton to Tête Jaune Cache comprising portions of Alberta and British Columbia. Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 1900
  • MacGregor, James Grierson [1905-1989]. Overland by the Yellowhead. Saskatoon: Western Producer, 1974

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