Chinchaga 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 NE across BC-Alberta boundary into Hay River, Peace River Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 57°19'19''N, 120°00'00''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 94H/8
Related Maps: 94H/1

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 May 1924 on BC-Alberta boundary sheet # 54 (Ottawa file OBF 0868). "Chinchaga River (not South Branch Hay River)" confirmed in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

Chinchaga is a Beaver Indian word reported in 1901 by William Ogilvie, meaning "beautiful" or "wonderful" river. (from Alberta Place Names, 1928)

Source: Place Names of Alberta, Alberta Geographical Names Program and Friends of Geographical Names of Alberta Society, University of Calgary Press, 4 volumes, 1991-1996.

Mouth in Alberta at 58 53 - 118 20 on 84L/16.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa