BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Chilko Lake
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
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Lake - Inland body of standing water
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: E side Coast Mountains, between Taseko Lakes and Tatlayoko Lake, W of Williams Lake (city), Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 51°19'35''N, 124°05'35''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.: 92N/8
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 92N/1
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Origin Notes and History:

Chilko Lake adopted 26 June 1911, not "Chilcote Lake" as labelled on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, nor "Chilco Lake" as spelled on subsequent maps. See Chilko River for origin information.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"[Chilko River] from a Chilcotin Indian word meaning 'ochre river' ...[Chilcotin] can be translated as 'ochre river people,' here referring not to the colour but to the mineralized substance (usually red or yellow) much prized by the Indians for use as a base for paint or dye."
Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.
Identified as Chilko Lake in The Nemiah Declaration, 23 August 1989, by the Tsilqot'in People of Xeni, a.k.a. Nemiah Valley Indian Band. Traditional name and spelling identified as Tsilhqox Biny (where biny means "lake") in land claims maps filed 2004-05.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office