Hay River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows E across BC-Alberta boundary, E of Fort Nelson, Peace River Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 58°44'02''N, 120°00'00''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 94I/9
Related Maps: 94I/16
94I/8
94I/9

Origin Notes and History:

Hay River adopted in the 9th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1910. "Hay River (not Natoza River)" confirmed in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, and 30 November 1944 on 94/NE.

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

Hay River (not Buffalo River) was confirmed 6 June 1952 on OBF 3362. Headwaters in Alberta at 58 05-119 01; flows W into BC at 58 23-120 00 then loops N then E back into Alberta. Flows NE into NWT at 60 00-116 56. Mouth at Great Slave Lake at 60 51 50-115 44.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

So-named from the abundance of grass along its banks. Note that the name was applied to the lower reaches, then extended upstream to the BC portion of the river.

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