Fran├žois Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S of Burns Lake (municipality), Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°02'30''N, 125°46'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93K/4
Related Maps: 93E/16
93F/13
93F/14
93F/15
93K/3
93K/4
93L/1

Origin Notes and History:

Decision on Smithers East half, File 93L. Previously adopted in 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

Father Morice labelled this "French Lake" on his map Northern Interior of British Columbia, 1907.

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

According to Father Morice, the Indians called this Nita-poen (meaning Lip Lake), because of its shape. Due to confusion with the Indian word "neto" meaning "white man" and given that most "white men" at the time were French-Canadian voyageurs, the Indian name was incorrectly translated as Lac des Francais. Subsequently changed to Fran├žois Lake, likely through cartographic error.

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