BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Toad 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 NW. into Liard River, Peace River Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 59°22'17''N, 124°55'01''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.: 94N/7
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 94K
94K/12
94K/13
94K/14
94K/15
94N
94N/1
94N/7
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Origin Notes and History:

Toad River adopted by the Geographic Board of Canada 25 November 1944 on 94NW, as labelled on Jorgensen's 1895 map of British Columbia, and on BC Lands' map 1H, 1917 etc.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
The traditional name is Tsal-eh-chesi (c1952 notation on BC name card)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
John McLeod, HBC clerk 1832-1834, on his trip upriver July 19, 1831 wrote: "Toad River falls into the West Branch [of the Liard] on the left shore, and is at its entrance about 40 Yards across but shallow and Rapidous; it derives its appellation from the number of Toads seen along its banks and some are of immense size; I have seen some which weighed upwards of a pound, and the Indians inform me there are some to be seen of a much larger size." (courtesy of Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Winnipeg; from Fort Simpson Journal 1831, B200/a/14 fos.4d & 5.) See also Dec 1992 letter (file T.1.52) and accompanying documentation from Hudson's Bay Company Archives. See also "Fur Trade and Exploration; Opening the Far Northwest 1821-1852" by Theodore Karamanski; University of Oklahoma Press; 1988; p.97.
Source: included with note