Teslin Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Teslin River, straddling BC-Yukon boundary, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 59°50'00''N, 132°18'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 104N/16
Related Maps: 104N/16

Origin Notes and History:

"Teslin Lake and River (not Hootalinqua nor Teslin-too)" adopted in the 1st Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1898; described as "in southern part of Yukon." Location description altered in the 11th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1912, to "in BC and Yukon."

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

"long waters" (translation from Yukon Geographical Names Program, February 2012). The lake is 75 miles long - 29 miles in BC.

Source: included with note

The name Teslin is derived from the Inland Tlingit word tás t?en, or "long sewing sinew", which, in turn, refers to the 148 kilometers long and narrow Teslin Lake flowing from northern British Columbia into the southeastern Yukon. (Teslin-Tlingit Council website, January 2013)

Source: included with note