Kitselas

Feature Type:Railway Point - A named railway siding, junction, flag stop or timing point with or without an agent.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On Skeena River, N. of Zymoetz River, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°34'00''N, 128°27'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 103I/9

Origin Notes and History:

"Kitsalas (Town), not Kitselas" adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada. Identified as Kitsalas (Old Indian Village) in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form & spelling of name changed to Kitselas (Station) 2 March 1939 on 103 I. Kitselas (Station) confirmed 4 November 1948 on 103/NE, and 4 October 1951 on 103I. Form of name changed to Kitselas (Railway Point) 29 November 1984 (Ottawa file 203-2).

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

An Indian word meaning "People of village at the canyon" (18th Report).

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

At one time, the GTP station was named (or proposed to be named), Vanarsdol. After C.C. Van Arsdoll, the engineer responsible for construction of GTP's route through the Rocky Mountains. His nickname was "Four-tenths Van", earned as a result of his famous ultimatum to surveyors that the grade of the railway route was not to exceed four-tenths of one percent.

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