Yakoun 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 N. into Yakoun Bay, Masset Inlet, Queen Charlotte Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°39'24"N, 132°12'21"W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 103F/9
Related Maps: 103F/8
103F/9

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 3 July 1946 on Map 103SE, as established on BC Provincial Map 3L, 1915, and in the 1930 Gazetteer of Canada.

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

... QCI historian Kathleen Dalzell gives three possible translations for the Haida First Nation word: “straight point,” “in the middle,” or “on the east.” The river is the largest in the QCI, with major salmon and steelhead runs, and was once covered with majestic forests, now extensively logged. The Yakoun valley was the site of the fames 300-year-old Golden Spruce, an unusual, yellow-needled variety that was cut down by a vandal in 1997. Nearby Yakoun Lake is also named for the river. The alternative spellings Yakun and Yah-koon are sometimes seen for these features. The bay is an important sanctuary for waterfowl. (From Entry for "Yakoun Lake")

Source: Scott, Andrew; "The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names"; Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, 2009, pages 654-655.

Spelled "Yakun" on some Canadian charts before "Yakoun River" was adopted.

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