Chehalis River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows S into Harrison River, N side Fraser River opposite Chilliwack, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°16'11''N, 121°56'09''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/5
Related Maps: 92G/8

Origin Notes and History:

Chehalis River adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 422A, Hope, as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer; not "Statloo Creek" as labelled on BC map 1A, 1912. The channel identified as a tributary labelled Stadia Creek on BC map 2B, 1914, has since been determined to be the headwaters of Chehalis River.

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

Name of an Indian tribe. The word, as applied to the river in British Columbia and the city in Washington, means 'sand'.

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

A Cowichan tribe with two villages: Chehalis and Koalekt. Spelled in various ways: Chahales, Chehalis, Saelis, StsEe'lis. The term StsEe'lis (whose meaning seems now to be lost) is the collective name by which the whole tribe is known.....

Source: Nelson, Denys; Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives