Whatshan Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Just W of N end of Lower Arrow Lake, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°57'00''N, 118°07'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/16
Related Maps: 82E/16

Origin Notes and History:

Whatshan Lakes adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924. Form of name adjusted to "Whatsan Lake (not Cariboo Lake)" in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Whatsan Lake [singular] confirmed January 1953 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 17.

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

Spelled "Whatshaan" in J. Turnbull's 1866 journal, Columbia River Exploration.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa