BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: François 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: S of Burns Lake (municipality), Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 54°02'30''N, 125°46'00''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.: 93K/4
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 93E/16
93F/13
93F/14
93F/15
93K/3
93K/4
93L/1
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Origin Notes and History:

Decision on Smithers East half, File 93L. Previously adopted in 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa
Father Morice labelled this "French Lake" on his map Northern Interior of British Columbia, 1907.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
According to Father Morice, the Indians called this Nita-poen (meaning Lip Lake), because of its shape. Due to confusion with the Indian word "neto" meaning "white man" and given that most "white men" at the time were French-Canadian voyageurs, the Indian name was incorrectly translated as Lac des Francais. Subsequently changed to François Lake, likely through cartographic error.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office