Established per Order in Council 585/96, 30 April 1996, containing 11,811 ha. Boundary adjustments along the north and northeast sides per Bill 29: Park Amendment Act 1997, 23 July 1997, to more closely match the intent of the Kamloops Land Use Plan; the whole containing 12,486 ha. Redescribed per Bill 17: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 12 June 2000, the whole now containing 11,848 ha. more or less. Named in association with nearby Bonaparte River. Redescribed per Bill 50-2004: Parks and
Protected Areas Statutes Amendment Act, 17 May
2004; the whole containing approximately 11,833 hectares.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office