BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Holmes River
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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 SW into Fraser River, SE of McBride, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 53°15'10''N, 120°04'13''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.: 93H/8
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 83E/3
83E/5
83E/6
93H/1
93H/8
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Origin Notes and History:

Holmes River adopted 13 January 1925, as labelled on BC map 3H, 1919, and on BC-Alberta Boundary map #34, 1923.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Named c 1913 by J.A. Walker, BCLS, after Albert W. Holmes, provincial forest ranger at McBride, later a farmer at Dunster; died in the 1920's. Holmes was born in the United States and eventually made his way here; he never married; died in a Prince George hospital and is likely buried there.
Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions
"Beaver River" is or was the local name, likely referring to the distinctive rock formation seemingly perched on the summit overlooking this river's junction with the Fraser River.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Headwaters located at 53 11 - 119 15 on 83E/3.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa