Anahim Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW of Lessard Lake at W side of Tweedsmuir Provinical Park, Range 3 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°45'28''N, 125°37'31''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93C/13

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 7 February 1947 on 93/SW, as labelled on BC map 1G, 1916 and as listed in 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

Named after a chief of the Chilcotin Indians (CPR Report, 1877, p 119).

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

"I took the spelling [for Beece Creek] from G.M. Dawson's Geological Survey map (1879-80), in which he gives Beece as the alternative name for Anahim Peak. I cut this in while running the Parallel in 1912-13, and old Capoose of Abuntlet Lake told me some wonderful yarns about the way in which Indians used to come from far and near to get supplies of beece, or obsidian, for arrowheads and so forth. Anybody who came for obsidian was supposed to leave a piece of rock on a pile near by, and I understood this to be the pile I was sighting - see my account in the Lands Department Report for 1913. In 1923 I was working near the 53rd Parallel and climbed Beece, but did not have time to look for obsidian. I found that the mark I had been shooting at was not a pile of rocks, but a bush, and had to tell the joke against myself in the Report for that year." (11 April 1949 letter from R.P. Bishop, BCLS, file H.1 47).

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