Vaseux Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Okanagan River between Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes, S of Penticton, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°17'23''N, 119°31'50''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/5

Origin Notes and History:

"Vaseux Lake" adopted 13 April 1945 on the Okanagan Sheet (Ottawa file OBF 0714).

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

Spelled "Vasuix" lake on Trutch maps 1866 and 1871; a mis-spelling of the French word vaseux, meaning muddy or mirky - descriptive of the lake's silty water. Probably named by French Canadian fur traders. For many years the name was spelt Vaseaux; in 1945 the Geographic Board corrected it to Vaseux at the suggestion of H J Parham, Penticton. (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948).

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