Alouette 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 through Alouette Lake thence W into Pitt River just below Pitt Lake, E of Port Coquitlam, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°15'52''N, 122°42'31''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/7
Related Maps: 92G/2
92G/7
92G/8

Origin Notes and History:

Alouette River adopted 31 March 1915 as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914, applying to the watercourse between Alouette Lake and Pitt River; application of the name subsequently extended upstream to include the watercourse flowing into the north end of Alouette Lake.

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

Known as "Lillooet River" until 1914 and so-identified on Harris' 1905 map of New Westminster and in the 1909 BC Gazetteer; in 1914 the BC representative to the Geographic Board of Canada, W. Fleet Robertson, recommended that the name be changed to avoid confusion with the much larger Lillooet River flowing into Harrison Lake. (letter 12 September 1914, file V.2.50).

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

"Alouette", the French word for "lark" evidently was chosen because it harmonizes with "Lillooet".

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

Alouette is Indian for "wings of a lark"

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa