BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Chilko River
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
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
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows NE into Chilcotin River, W of Alexis Creek (community), Cariboo Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 52°05'42''N, 123°27'43''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.: 93B/3
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 92N/16
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Origin Notes and History:

Chilko River adopted 26 June 1911, not "Chilco River" as spelled on Trutch's 1871 map of BC, nor "Chilcote River" another variation.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"From a Chilcotin Indian word meaning 'ochre river' ...[Chilcotin] can be translated as 'ochre river people' here referring not to the colour but to the mineralized substance (usually red or yellow) much prized by the Indians for use as a base for paint or dye."
Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997