BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Sir Alexander Mackenzie Park
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Feature Types.
Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W side of Dean Channel just N of mouth of Elcho Harbour, W of Bella Coola, Range 3 Coast Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 52°22'49''N, 127°28'16''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 93D/6
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Origin Notes and History:

Established by Order in Council 137, 10 February 1926. Redescribed per OIC 1201/90. Conversion of OIC to Statute designation per Bill 17-2000: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 29 June 2000; the whole containing 5 ha. more or less.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"[Sir Alexander Mackenzie Provincial Park] is recognized as a cultural heritage site. Long before Europeans discovered North America, First Nations peoples used a network of trails between the west coast and the interior of British Columbia for trade and travel. Because these trails were commonly used to transport eulachon (a small, smelt-like fish) grease, they are now referred to as "grease trails". Hikers attempting the 420km-long Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail (a.k.a. the Nuxalk Carrier Grease Trail) will complete their journey by travelling by boat to the park." (BC Parks website, January 2013)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
After Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820), fur-trader and explorer; partner in North West Company, stationed in Athabasca. In 1789 he travelled to the Arctic Ocean by way of Slave River, Great Slave Lake and Mackenzie River (which was later named after him). In 1793 he became the first white man to reach the Pacific Ocean overland. Knighted in 1802. (Enclyclopedia Canadiana, 1962, Vol 6, pp 273-4).
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