Huson Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: HOO-sun
Relative Location: Expansion of Atluck Creek, S of Nimpkish Lake, Rupert Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°15'27"N, 126°56'44"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92L/7

Origin Notes and History:

Hustan Lake confirmed by the Geographic Board of Canada 2 September 1930, as labelled on map 2C, 1919, and identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Spelling changed to Huson Lake 26 July 1995 on 92 L/7, the correct form of the family name.

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

The family pronounces their name "HOO-son", although it is frequently mis-pronounced "HUE-son" or even "HUE-ston" like the city in Texas, which might explain the original spelling mistake.

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

Self-named by Alden Westley Huson (1832-1913), prospector and surveyor, who 'discovered' this lake and the nearby caves. Huson was born in New York and arrived in BC in 1858 by way of the California gold fields; after a few years at the Fraser River then Cariboo gold fields, he participated in construction of a trail from the head of canoe navigation on the Bella Coola River to the interior, then ran pack horses through from Alexandra on the Fraser River. Later, he operated a trading schooner from Nanaimo through Johnstone Strait to the communities on the northeast side of Vancouver Island, opened a coal mine at Suquash, eventually moving to Alert Bay where he opened a cannery. Huson developed the mine at Haddington Island c1883, from which the stone for the Legislative Buildings was quarried, and was involved in many surveys at the north end of Vancouver Island at the turn of the century, including the surveys of Hardy Bay and McNeill harbour. He married Mary Ekegak (1848-1892) of Sitka, Alaska and together they had 10 children; died at Alert Bay in December 1913.

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