BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Horsefly River
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows W then N into Horsefly Bay, Quesnel Lake, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 52°27'58''N, 121°23'18''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 93A/6
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 93A/6
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 12 December 1939 on 93A/6 as labelled on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, and on Amos Bowman's 1887 map of the Cariboo Mining District, and on BC map 3J, 1917, etc. See Horsefly (community) for origin information.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Gold was discovered 10 miles above the mouth of the river in April 1859 by H.O. Bowe and party. The following month gold was found by John McLean and party. Area surveyed 1891 for J.B. Hobson, who incorporated his company 1893. (Mining Record, June 1893, pp.30-31)
Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions
Headwaters at 52 22 - 120 31 on 93A/7.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa