Fraser Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W of Prince George, between Vanderhoof and Burns Lake, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°04'48''N, 124°45'25''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93K/2

Origin Notes and History:

"Fraser Lake (not Nalta Lake)" adopted in the 7th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1908, as labelled on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, and on Fr. Morice's 1907 map. Confirmed 6 April 1950 on 93K/2.

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

Labelled "Nalta or Fraser Lake" on Trutch's 1871 map.

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

Named after Simon Fraser who was here in the winter of 1806-07. Named by John Stuart to return the compliment of Fraser, who had named Stuart Lake after him.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

The Carrier name for the lake is "Nat-lih" or "Nat-leh Bungut" (where bun or bungut means lake). The Fraser Lake Indian Band is now known as Nadleh Whuten.

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