Kinney Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Robson River, S of Berg Lake in Mount Robson Provincial Park, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°04'57''N, 119°11'34''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83E/3

Origin Notes and History:

Kinney Lake adopted 2 April 1912 as labelled on A.O. Wheeler's 1911 map of Mount Robson Map (to accompany Canadian Alpine Journal, 1912).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Lake Kinney [sic] named in 1907 by A.P. Coleman, professor of geology at the University of Toronto, after his climbing companion Rev. George Kinney. Kinney and Donald "Curlie" Phillips are credited with reaching the summit crest of Mount Robson in August 1909. "...our trip [in 1907] left Mt. Robson still unconquered, though we explored its western side, and I discovered Mt. Turner and The Valley of a Thousand Falls..." and "...the lake that Dr. Coleman named after me, and the Valley of a Thousand Falls lay eight thousand feet directly below..." (Rev. G. Kinney, "To The Top of Mount Robson," Canadian Alpine Journal, vol II, no 2, 1910, pp. 21 - 44). Rev. Kinney died at Veteran's Hospital, Victoria, 14 November 1961; his obituary was published in Victoria Daily Times the following day.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

A Grand Trunk Pacific railway official requested in 1914 that Kinney Lake be re-named "Helena", after his wife; proposal rejected (Ottawa file, 10 December 1914)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office