Wells Gray Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Canim & Quesnel Lakes and North Thompson River, N of Kamloops, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°20'00''N, 120°00'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93A/8
Related Maps:
82M/13 83D/12 83D/3 83D/4
83D/5 83D/6 92P/15 92P/16
92P/9 93A/1 93A/16 93A/7
93A/8 93A/9

Origin Notes and History:

Wells Gray Park established by Order in Council 1644, 28 November 1939. Area extended per OIC 397, 21 March 1989 and per Bill 53: Park Amendment Act 1995, 13 July 1995, to incorporate portions of Wells Gray Recreation Area; the whole now containing 519,357 ha. Area extended per OIC 586, 30 April 1996, to incorporate additional portions of Wells Gray Recreation Area, and per Bill 29: Park Amendment Act 1997, 23 July 1997, to include the area formerly known as Spahats Creek Park; the whole now containing 524,990 ha. Boundary redescribed per Bill 8-2015: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 25 March 2015, the whole now containing approximately 541,516 hectares.

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

Named after the Hon. Arthur Wellesley ("Wells") Gray, born at New Westminster in 1876. He became mayor of that city in 1913; appointed BC's Minister of Lands in 1933 and held that position until his death in 1944. Description of the park, trails & fishing conditions on file cover W.2.40

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