Swiftcurrent Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows S through Mount Robson Provincial Park then SE into Fraser River above TĂȘte Jaune Cache, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°00'52''N, 119°16'09''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83E/3

Origin Notes and History:

"I enclose a map showing a creek and valley presenty known as Swiftcurrent or Swiftwater. The GTPRy propose the new name "Revelation", suggested by a letter from Prof. E.W.D. Holway, Minneapolis, in which he writes: ' I had a wonderful summer. First went up the Swiftcurrent valley and climbed Mt. Longstaff and exlored and climbed other peaks. It's a grand and unique place. At the end of the valley are cliffs 2000' high with tongue of glacier just appearing at top....'." (1 March 1917 letter from Geographic Board of Canada, BC file 1917); "...as far as I can gather, the proposal is to name the valley Revelation and to retain the river as Swift Current [sic]. This [superfluous naming] should be strenuously opposed by the Board. If the idea is to change the name of the river to Revelation it should be equally as strongly opposed. The proposals by the GTPRy officials to change names now on the maps... to work in the names of its officials or passing tourists... has ceased to be a joke and is becoming a nuisance..." (9 March 1917 and 15 June 1917 letters from BC Geographic Division to Geographic Board of Canada, BC file 1917)

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

Adopted 17 January 1951 as labelled on Topographic Map of Mount Robson, 1911.

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