Klinaklini River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows S into head of Knight Inlet, Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°05'32''N, 125°37'34''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92N/4
Related Maps: 92N/11
92N/4

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted December 31 1930 in the Gazetteer of Canada, confirmed 6 April 1950 on Map 92NW. Named in association with Klinaklini Lake and Klinaklini Glacier.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff, file C.1.49.

The names of both the community of Kleena Kleene and of the Klinaklini River (as well as the canyon, glacier, and lake near the river) are derived from a word in the Kwak’wala language of the Kwakwaka’waka First Nation. The word ‘t’lina’ is pronounced ‘GLEET-na’ and means “eulachon (or oolichan) grease (or oil).” The grease was considered a delicacy by First Nations peoples throughout British Columbia. It was extracted from the small, oil-rich eulachon fish by the First Nations bands on the Pacific Coast and shipped along the famous “grease trails” to be traded in the Interior. Kleena Kleene is 180 kilometers due west of Williams Lake. Its first non-Aboriginal residents arrived in the early 1900s. The Klinaklini River flows southwest from Kleena Kleene to Knight Inlet.

Source: Thorburn, Mark; "British Columbia Place Names"; Dragon Hill Publishing Ltd., Canada, 2009. pages 148-149.

"Klinaklener" was another recorded spelling of the name.

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