Granby 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 S into Kettle River at Grand Forks, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°01'52''N, 118°25'58''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/1
Related Maps: 82E/1
82E/10
82E/16
82E/7
82E/8
82E/9

Origin Notes and History:

"Granby River (not North Fork of Kettle River)" adopted in the 14th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1915.

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

Labelled "The North Fork Kettle River" on Triangulation Survey of Boundary Creek Country, 1897. Labelled "North Fork of Kettle River" on Geological Survey of Canada sheets 828 & 834, Boundary Creek Mining District, both 1905. Labelled "Granby (North Fork Kettle) River" on BC map 1EM, 1915 [its tributary is labelled "Burrell (East Fork of North Fork Kettle) Creek" on the same map, highlighting the trend of assigning unique names to Forks and Branches.]

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

Named in association with the Granby Smelting Company, whose works are on the river and whose founder came from Granby, Quebec. This was one of the largest copper smelting works in the British Empire; the operator, Mr. Miner, had originally produced rubber goods in Granby, Quebec, and he named his smelting company after that town.

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

Named after the Granby Consolidated Mining & Smelting Company, which operated the Phoenix Mines from 1898 to 1919, and the smelter on the east side of the Granby River. Most of the mines and companies operating in the Boundary were from the USA, but the Granby Company originated in Quebec. (Rupert W. Haggen, BCLS, Origin of Place Names in Boundary District, 1945 manuscript, file H.1.45.)

Source: included with note

Headwaters at 49 54- 118 23 on 82E/16.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa