Kitlope Anchorage

Feature Type:Anchorage - An area of water in which vessels can anchor; usually sheltered water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Estuary of Kitlope River at head of Gardner Canal, SE of Kitimat, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°15'18''N, 127°54'39''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93E/5
Related Maps: 93E/4
93E/5

Origin Notes and History:

Kitlope Anchorage adopted 7 September 1950 on 93E, as labelled on 1927 edition of British Admiralty Chart #1923A; not "Kitlup Anchorage" as spelled in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

The Tsimshian name for the people residing at the head of Garnder Canal; the name means "the people of the rocks" (spelled variously Kitlup, Kitlobe, Kitlope on Admiralty Charts published 1867 onwards)

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

Kit = People; Lope = opening in mountains. File 0015.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

See "Surveying Central British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1920-28" by Jay Sherwood, 2007, pp.40-41 for photographs and interpretive information about G'psgolox Pole - the famous mortuary totem pole at Misk'usa, the now-abandoned Haisla Village located here at the mouth of Kitlope River. [BC Archives accession # I-33181, I-58650, I-58649 ]

Source: included with note