Snowslide Range

Feature Type:Range (2) - Group or chain of mountains or hills.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Teigen and Treaty Creeks, W. of Bell-Irving River, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 56°38'59"N, 129°51'06"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 104A/12
Related Maps: 104A

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 5 November 1953 on 104A, as identified on plans 14L23 and 16T293 (dates/titles not cited).

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

The following excerpt provided October 2006 by Margaret Vandenberg, Terrace, being a verbatim transcript from an eight-page report by T. D. McLean to the Assistant District Engineer, Department of Public Works, Province of BC, file 2-20-0, and submitted to the Prince Rupert office December 30, 1926: "Stewart-Telegraph Creek Reconnaissance Survey: In response to your invitation I wish to submit the following report which embodies the results of a two months cruise of the country between the head of the Bear Valley and the Yukon Telegraph Line between Cabins 9 and 10 conducted by myself with the assistance of Alex. McInnes and Tim Williams both of this town. [Stewart]
...right alongside Graveyard Point we discovered a freshly blazed trail, and having followed it we met a party of Indians camped on Bell-Irving River. These Indians, Gunnanoot and party, have trapped in this country regularly for a number of years, and know it thoroughly. In the course of conversation with them they told me they did not think it feasible to build a trail up the west bank of the Bell-Irving, because as one approaches the Telegraph Line, the country is subject to very bad snowslides. They also told me of a canyon in the Bell-Irving that would afford a suitable bridge site.
Upon receipt of this information which upset my plans, I decided to make a flying trip up the west bank of the Bell-Irving and on Oct. 3rd, Tim Williams and myself set out for the Telegraph Line, leaving Alex. McInnes camped near Hidden Lake to explore the country thereabouts. intention was to go up the west bank of the Bell-Irving to the Salmon [Teigen Cr.] cross that stream, stay a night at the shelter cabin on the Telegraph Line at this point, and then, return along the east bank of the Bell-Irving.
But when we arrived at the junction of the Salmon [Teigen] and Bell-Irving about a mile from the Telegraph Line the rain was falling in torrents and the river was extremely high, consequently ... we had to return as we had come, by the west bank, however, I found that the information given me by the Indians was amply verified. For 5 miles below the junction of the Salmon [Teigen] and Bell-Irving the snowslides run clear from the top of the mountains into the river and at times block it up; consequently it would be impossible to maintain a trail here . . . [submitted by] T. D. McLean." [the blueprint maps McLean had attached were missing from the file when Margaret Vanderberg transcribed the report in 1996.]

Source: included with note