BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Stein 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 Fraser River just above Lytton, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 50°17'17''N, 121°37'48''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.: 92I/5
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 92I/5
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 408A, Ashcroft, as labelled on Geological Survey sheet 557, Kamloops and vicinity, by G.M. Dawson et al, 1895, and as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"This was the name of an old Thompson Indian village at the mouth of the river."
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
"The name comes from the Nlaka'pamux word "Stagyn", which means "hidden place" referring to the fact that the valley and the extent of the watershed is not very noticeable from the Stein River's mouth on the Fraser River. The valley has been extremely important to the Nlaka'pamux people for thousands of years, both spiritually and for sustenance...." (BC Parks website - Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park)
Source: included with note
Headwaters at 50 14 - 122 16 on 92J/1.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa