Vedder 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 from Vedder Crossing, then NW into Sumas River W of Chilliwack, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°07'35''N, 122°05'54''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/1
Related Maps: 92G/1

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey map 422A, Hope, as labelled on BC Land's map 2B, 1914, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

The Chilliwack River becomes the Vedder River at Vedder Crossing; Vedder River flows westward through a natural channel then turns northwest in the vicinity of Yarrow, and continues through a straightened channel into the Sumas River. The 3 mile/4.8 km portion of Vedder River that has been straightened is known as Vedder Canal.

Source: BC place name cards, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

After Mr. Volkert Vedder and his son Adam Vedder.

Source: Nelson, Denys; "Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River"; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives

Named for the family of Volkert Vedder, who arrived in the Hope district around 1860. A son, Adam Swart Vedder, settled near Chilliwack in 1870.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; "1001 British Columbia Place Names"; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.