Alta Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows NE from Alta Lake into Green Lake, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°08'44''N, 122°57'16''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92J/2
Related Maps: 92G
92J
92J/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 3 September 1930 on 92G and 92J, as identified on field notes for Lots 1755, 4754, 3862, 2105 and 1756 (date not cited; possibly c1910). In association with Alta Lake.

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

According to C. Jennings, Municipal Clerk at Whistler, 1978, this has sometimes been known by the fanciful names "River of Golden Dreams" or "Stream of Dreams"; a pioneer family named Philips, who built Rainbow Lodge in the 1920's, used to operate moonlight canoe trips between Alta Lake and Green Lake.

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

The creek to this day is locally known as "The River of Golden Dreams." Allegedly named by Alex Philip, proprietor of Rainbow Lodge, who originally named it "The River of Golden Dreams and Romance." Alex used to paddle Rainbow Lodge guests, including honeymooning couples, down the creek.(unattributed anecdote in the collection of the Whistler Museum, provided, April 2011)

Source: included with note