Anahim Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Dean River, N of Charlotte Lake, Range 3 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°29'21''N, 125°20'44''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93C/6
Related Maps: 93C/11
93C/6

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 10th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 26 June 1911.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Labelled variously as "Na-coont-loon" or "Na-coot-loon" on Palmer's 1862 sketch map, Anderson's 1867 manuscript map, Trutch's 1871 map of BC, George Dawson's map of 1875-76, Jorgensen's 1895 map, and on the BC government map of 1903.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

CPR's 1876 exploratory survey mentions "...the Chilcotin chief Aunahime..." who had been engaged as a guide and mediator "...in case any difficulty should arise with the Indians...".

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"After a Chilcotin Indian chief. In 1861 Colin McKenzie, describing a recent trip from Alexandria to Bella Coola, mentioned "Lake Anawhim"." (Akrigg, 1969 edition, p.17) "After a Chilcotin Indian chief. In 1861 Ranald Macdonald and John G. Barnston, describing a recent trip from Alexandria to Bella Coola, mentioned "Lake Anawhim"." (ibid, 1973 edition, p.17)

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

"...The Indian name was Na-coont-loon, meaning 'a fence built across' or a 'fish trap'."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997