BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Squamish River
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
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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
Relative Location: Flows S into head of Howe Sound, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°41'07''N, 123°10'50''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.: 92G/11
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 92G/11
92G/14
92J/3
92J/6
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Origin Notes and History:

Squamish River adopted in the 10th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1911.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Spelled "Squawmisht River" on British Admiralty Chart 579, 1863 et seq; so-named in association with the Salishan tribe whose village is here. Meaning/significance not recorded.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Headwaters at 50 16 -123 24 on 92J/6.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa
A 9000+ hectare area on the west side of Squamish River watershed between Elaho River and Ashlu Creek has been identified by Squamish Nation as a Wild Spirit Place, called Esté-tiwilh (pronounced us tut ee wayth). A Wild Spirit Place is an area of cultural, spiritual and/or ecological significance to the Squamish Nation. Esté-tiwilh includes an historic village site on the lower Ashlu, low elevation old growth and riparian forests with high quality grizzly bear and mountain goat habitat, as well as high quality anadromous salmonid habitat. (Squamish Nation Forest Recreation Guide, 2003). The meaning or significance of the word Esté-tiwilh is not provided.
Source: included with note