Morice 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 N into Bulkley River at Houston, SE of Smithers, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°24'38''N, 126°44'47''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93L/7
Related Maps: 93L/2
93L/3
93L/7

Origin Notes and History:

"Morice River (not Morrice)" adopted in the 9th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1910. Also Morice Lake.

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

After the Rev. Father Adrien-Gabriel Morice, OMI (1859-1938), author of "The History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia; London, 1906, describing 20 years of explorations and missionary work in the province.

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

"..... For twenty years, 1883-1904, amid his missionary endeavours with the Babine, Carrier, Sikanni and Chilcotin peoples, Father Morice systematically explored north central British Columbia. Working with only a watch, a telemeter, a compass, a mountain barometer and a sounding line, he produced the first real map of the area, one of amazing accuracy and detail. For the tragi-comic story of how the civil servants in Victoria refused to accept the names which Father Morice had attached to his newly discovered rivers, lakes and mountains, see the introductory essay which opens this book [pp.8,9]."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

"The traditional Wet'suwet'en name is Wet-zuhn-kwa (pronounced Wet-zin-kwah). This means the "blueish-green colour of the water." Morice Lake is called Wet-zuhn-buhn. In the Wet'suwet'en language "kwa" refers to river or stream, and "buhn" refers to a body of water like a lake." (information shared February 2005 by Gary R. George, as told by Rita A. George and the late Andrew George Sr., all Bulkley Valley residents of Wet'suwet'en ancestry.)

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