Cheakamus 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 S and SW into Squamish River, just N of Squamish, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°46'46''N, 123°10'39''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/14
Related Maps: 92G/14
92G/15
92J/2
92J/3

Origin Notes and History:

Cheakamus River adopted 1 August 1922 as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914, not "Chikamus River" as spelled on Geological Survey sheet 997A, Nanaimo & New Westminster Mining Divisions, 1908.

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

Anglicized from Tseearkamisht, a Squamish Indian word meaning "people who use the cedar rope fishing net" (advice from Chief Louie George's mother; date not cited).

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

Headwaters at 49 57 - 122 45 on 92G/15.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

A 20,000+ hectare area incorporating much of the Cheakamus River watershed has been identified by Squamish Nation as a Wild Spirit Place, called Kw√°yatsut. A Wild Spirit Place is an area of cultural, spiritual and/or ecological significance to the Squamish Nation. Further analysis is needed to determine the appropriate designation and boundaries for this area, which is largely within Garibaldi Provincial Park. (Squamish Nation Forest Recreation Guide, 2003). The meaning or significance of the word Kw√°yatsut is not provided; pronunciation may approximate kway a sote.

Source: included with note