Dease Lake / Hottah Lake / Lamarque Pass / Mount McLeod

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DEASE LAKE, BC (Nearby: Laketon, Porter Landing, 40 Mile Flats, Iskut, Eddontenajon)

  • Dease Lake
  • Hottah Lake
  • Lamarque Pass
  • Mount McLeod

DEASE LAKE, British Columbia
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British Columbia Tourism Region : Northern BC

Description From Owner:
  • Named in 1834 by John McLeod, Chief Trader for the HBC. Born in 1788 Peter Warren Dease entered the fur trade as an employee of the XY Company in 1801.
  • Upon the union of the NWC and the HBC in 1821, he became a Chief Trader, and in 1828 he became a Chief Factor.
  • In 1825 Governor Simpson wrote of him, a trifle incoherently: 'This Gentleman is one of our best voyageurs, of a strong robust habit of body,
  • possessing such firmness of mind joined to a great suavity of manners, and who from his great experience in the country would be a most valuable acquisition.'
  • From 1831 to 1835, based at Fort St. James, Dease was in charge of New Caledonia.
  • Dease was on Franklin's Arctic expedition of 1825-7 and on a second Arctic expedition in 1837-9. Because of his explorations, Queen Victoria granted him a Civil List pension of 100 pounds per annum.
  • Hottah Lake - When E.C.W. Lamarque, the pioneer surveyor, came to this lake, he was told that the Tahltan Indians called it Ottah, meaning 'the same at both ends.'
  • Lamarque rendered the name Hottah, making it almost a palindromic name for this lake whose ends look alike.
  • Lamarque Pass - This pass through the Cassiar Mountains is named for the well-known surveyor E.C.W. Lamarque, who discovered it in 1934.
  • In his typescript memoirs, he described it as 'about 5 miles long, of a wide U shape and, with the exception of a few scattered balsam firs and willows, quite open and treeless.'
  • Mount McLeod - Named by G.M. Dawson in honour of Chief Trader John M. McLeod of the HBC, the discoverer of Dease Lake, which it overlooks.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

Lamarque Pass

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