Fort Ware / Caribou Hide / Carruther's Creek / Deserters Canyon / Finlay River / Fox River / Haworth Lake

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FORT WARE, BC (Nearby: Ware, Ingenika Mine, Tsay Keh Dene, Magnum Mine, Toad River)

  • Caribou Hide
  • Deserters Canyon
  • Carruthers Creek
  • Finlay River
  • Finlay River
  • Fox River
  • Haworth Lake

FORT WARE, British Columbia
V0J 3B0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Northern BC

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  • Caribou Hide - Tommy Walker noted in his book Spatsizi that 'other Indians referred to the Sekanis as the Caribou Hide people, which accounts for the name of Caribou Hide ... the site of their first settlement.'
  • Carruther's Creek named after Dr. Carruthers, an Englishman who got lost here but was found.
  • Finlay River - After John Finlay of the NWC, who ascended the river (possibly as far as its junction with the Ingenika River) in 1797.
  • The lower part of Finlay River, including Finlay Forks (where the Finlay and the Parsnip came together to form the Peace), has been swallowed up in Williston Lake as a result of the building of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.
  • Fox River - After William Fox, manager of the HBC trading post at Fort Graham, south of here, around the end of the nineteenth century. He was 'a well informed man, great reader, and very obliging.'
  • Haworth Lake - After Paul Leland Haworth, an American Professor of History who made exploratory trips into the area in 1916 and 1919. He was the author of On the Headwaters of Peace River.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Ingenica River

  • A Sekani Indian word indicating that the low-lying kinnikinnick shrub (bearberry) is found along this river.

  • Kwadacha River

  • Descriptive, kwadacha being a Sekani Indian word for 'white water.' (Also KWADACHA WILDERNESS PARK.)

  • Lawyers Pass

  • The lawyer was Stuart Henderson, who, after he had secured the acquittal of Gunanoot at his trial for murder (see Gunanoot Lake), accompanied him on a prospecting trip from Bulldey House to Toodoggone River. The expedition has been described as 'abortive.'

  • Mount Lloyd George

  • R.M. Patterson has a sufficiently dry comment upon P.L. Haworth's successful attempt to get this fine mountain named after David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain in the final years of World War I:

    It has been said, and with some truth, that the Rockies are the worst named mountain system in the world ... Haworth, in a fit of wartime enthusiasm, decided to suggest that one further alien name be added to the ill-assorted register: as soon as he got out he would propose to Ottawa that the high mountain he had seen that day, holding the Great Glacier in its lap, should be called Mount Lloyd George. With regrettable haste his suggestion was adopted. Time and the verdict of history have not added to the stature of the little Welsh politician.

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