Elaho 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 SE into Squamish River W of Whistler, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°06'37''N, 123°23'15''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92J/3
Related Maps: 92J/12

Origin Notes and History:

Elaho River adopted 1 August 1922 for BC map 2D, Powell Lake (Ottawa file OBF 0732), not "Elaha River" as spelled on BC Lands map 2B, 1914, nor "Little Squamish River" as labelled on Geological Survey sheet 997, Nanaimo & New Westminster Mining Divisions, 1908.

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

"Ela-a-who" identified as a village on British Admiralty Chart #1917, published in 1863 from 1859-63 surveys by Captain Richards; located on the right bank of the "Squawmisht River" just below the mouth of this river. The Handbook of the Indians of Canada, 1912, identifies Ela-a-who as a synonym for "Etleuk....a Squawmish village community on the right bank of Skwamish River" citing Hill-Tout, Report of British Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, 1900, p.474. Meaning/significance not recorded.

Source: included with note

A 17,700+ hectare area surrounding the upper reaches of the Elaho River valley has been identified by Squamish Nation as a Wild Spirit Place, called Nsíiwx-nitem tl'a sutich (pronounced ence aey nate um tla soe-taech). A Wild Spirit Place is an area of cultural, spiritual and/or ecological significance to the Squamish Nation. Nsíiwx-nitem tl'a sutich includes the largest unprotected forest wilderness remaining in the territory. (Squamish National Forest Recreation Guide, 2003). The meaning or significance of the word Nsíiwx-nitem tl'a sutich is not provided.

Source: included with note