BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Fraser 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 NW from Rocky Mountains thence S from Prince George and W from Hope into Strait of Georgia, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°07'07''N, 123°11'27''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.: 92G/3
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.:
83D/10 83D/13 83D/14 83D/15
83D/9 83E/3 83E/4 92G/1
92G/2 92G/3 92H/11 92H/14
92H/4 92H/5 92H/6 92I/12
92I/13 92I/3 92I/4 92I/5
92O/1 92O/16 92O/8 92O/9
92P/4 93B/1 93B/16 93B/8
93B/9 93G/1 93G/10 93G/15
93G/7 93G/8 93H/1 93H/10
93H/13 93H/14 93H/7 93H/8
93I/4 93J/1 93J/2 93J/3
93J/8
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 9th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1910, as long-identified on maps and in journals. Re-approved 28 May 1915 to specifically identify as the main source the channel sometimes known as the South Fork Fraser River (the portion between Yellowhead Lake and Prince George). Re-approved 1 May 1934 and 17 January 1951 on Jasper Park sheets; headwaters confirmed 2 August 1956 at 52° 34' x 118° 21' on 83E/3.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"Fraser River" and the approved French form, "Fleuve Fraser", are identified as names of pan-Canadian significance per Treasury Board Circular 1983-58, 23 November 1983.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Named about 1808 by officers of the North West Company, after Simon Fraser (1776-1862), superintendent of the district of New Caledonia, who had explored the river that year. Description of c1915 navigation and hazards on file cover N.1.51.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office