Hagwilget Canyon

Feature Type:Canyon (2) - Deep, narrow valley with precipitous walls.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Surrounding Bulkley River near its junction with Skeena River, just E of Hazelton, NW of Smithers, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°15'00''N, 127°37'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 93M/5

Origin Notes and History:

Awillgate Canyon adopted 27 June 1906 as recommended in April 1906 by W.F. Robertson. Spelling changed to Hagwilget Canyon 4 September 1952 on 93M, to conform to the modern spelling of the nearby village. (file H.1.50)

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

"... name was given to the Canyon [of the Bulkley River] at the place we now call Awillgate - an Indian village, formerly known as Rocher Déboulé ("fallen rock"), which describes the canyon..." (July 1951 letter, file H.1.37). The legend is that salmon formerly migrated a long way up the Bulkley River, but the c1820 rock slide into the river blocked the passage of the salmon, as it still does today.

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