South Thompson 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 SW from Little Shuswap Lake then W into Thompson River at Kamloops, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°40'50''N, 120°20'19''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92I/9
Related Maps: 82L/12
82L/13
92I/9

Origin Notes and History:

South Thompson River adopted 23 April 1912 for Dominion Sectional sheet 111, Kamloops, as labelled on Geological Survey sheet 557, 1895 (Ottawa file OBF 0022). Headwaters changed from 50° 53' x 119° 34' (outlet of Shuswap Lake) to 50° 50 x 119° 42' (outlet of Little Shuswap Lake) 15 January 1982 on 82L/3; at the same time the channel between Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake was named Little River, in keeping with long-established local usage.

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

This channel identified as the main channel of Thompson River on early maps, including Pemberton's 1871 map of British Columbia. [see Thompson River for biographical detail about namesake David Thompson.]

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