BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Bear Lake
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Community
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: NE side Bear Lake, N of Fort Babine, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 56°12'00''N, 126°51'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD27
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 94D/2
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Origin Notes and History:

"Bear Lake (Fort Connelly) Settlement" adopted 23 April 1940 on Geological Survey sheet 622A, McDonnell Creek; form of name changed to Bear Lake (Settlement) 2 November 1964 on 94D/2, as labelled on BC Lands' map 5A, 1917 (file B.1.64). Since changed to Bear Lake (community).
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Fort Connolly (also spelled Connelly) was established in 1826 by James Douglas for the Hudson's Bay Company, and so-named by him for his father-in-law.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa
F.C. Swannell, BCLS, reported that Sekani Indians had told him the Fort was situated on the island in Tsaytut Bay. However, according to long-time guide-outfitter Tommy Walker in "Spatsizi" (p.120), Fort Connolly was located at the north end of Bear Lake; in any event, there is nothing left of HBC's Fort Connelly and that name is no longer used.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office