Horsefly River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows W then N into Horsefly Bay, Quesnel Lake, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°27'58''N, 121°23'18''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93A/6
Related Maps: 93A/6

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 12 December 1939 on 93A/6 as labelled on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, and on Amos Bowman's 1887 map of the Cariboo Mining District, and on BC map 3J, 1917, etc. See Horsefly (community) for origin information.

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

Gold was discovered 10 miles above the mouth of the river in April 1859 by H.O. Bowe and party. The following month gold was found by John McLean and party. Area surveyed 1891 for J.B. Hobson, who incorporated his company 1893. (Mining Record, June 1893, pp.30-31)

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

Headwaters at 52 22 - 120 31 on 93A/7.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa