BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Fort Nelson 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 N into Liard River, Peace River Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 59°33'01''N, 123°59'54''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.: 94O/12
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.:
94I/5 94J/10 94J/15 94J/16
94J/8 94J/9 94N/8 94N/9
94O/1 94O/12 94O/2 94O/3
94O/4 94O/5
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Origin Notes and History:

Fort Nelson River adopted 17 January 1899; not "Nelson River" as labelled on earlier maps.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Renamed to avoid confusion with the Nelson River in Manitoba; in association with the Northwest Company's Fort Nelson trading post, opened 1812-15, then operated by the Hudson's Bay Company 1820-25 and continuously from 1860.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"The Fort Nelson River is formed by the junction of the Sikanni Chief and Fontas Rivers, at which point it is from 400 to 500 feet wide...." (extracts from the report of G.B. Milligan, surveyor, 14 December 1914)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office