Campbell 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 W through Langley and Surrey into Semiahmoo Bay, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°00'45''N, 122°46'40''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/2

Origin Notes and History:

"Campbell Creek (not Tahtaloo)" adopted in the 15th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1917, as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914. Form of name changed to Campbell River 3 July 1952 on 92 G/2, as had been labelled on British Admiralty Chart 2627, 1864 et seq.

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

Labelled Tahtaloo on International Boundary Survey sheet 2 (date not cited); variant spellings Tahla too, Tah-la-loo, Tah tu lo identified on BC name card.

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

Probably after Archibald Campbell, US commissioner in the joint negotiations to locate the international boundary 1857-1862, who had his camp at the mouth of the creek (see BC Historical Quarterly V 219, and also Canadian Geographic Journal XXXI 120). Identified as Semiahmoo Creek in field notes of survey by Joseph Trutch, 1859; identified as Campbell River on British Admiralty Chart 2689

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions