Kinuseo Falls

Feature Type:Falls - Perpendicular or steep descent of water. Variation of Waterfall.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On Murray River at N end Monkman Provincial Park, Peace River Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°47'03''N, 121°11'29''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93I/14

Origin Notes and History:

Kinuseo Falls adopted 1 June 1920, the name proposed in 1915 by American alpinist S. Prescott Fay and again in 1920; not "Kinoosao Falls" as first spelled by Fay and labelled on his map "Section of Region between Yellow Head Pass and Peace River" published in March 1915 by Richardson & Hale, Delaware (copy on file 34275-S#1). Confirmed in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

Vertical drop 225 feet - the 5th highest known waterfall in British Columbia (after Della, Hunlen, Takakkaw & Helmcken Falls).

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

"...on our way down the east branch of the South Pine River (which flows north into the Peace, coming in below Hudson's Hope) we came to a large fall over 200 feet high. These we called Kinoosao Falls (meaning 'fish' in the Cree language) owing to the great numbers of trout both above and below the falls. We gave that name as it seemed most appropriate. We were unable to find anyone who had ever seen or heard of these falls, although some of the Indians had heard of them vaguely....." (February 1920 letter from S.Prescott Fay, Boston, to Geographic Board of Canada; BC file 34275-S#1, Ottawa file 0216).

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