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British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
- After 'Billy' Boucher (Bouchier), a homesteader who at one time operated a ferry across the Fraser River.
- Boucher was a son of Jean Baptiste Boucher, one of Fraser's party on his famous journey to the Pacific in 1808, later known as 'Waccan,' the HBC'S feared enforcer of discipline.
- Dragon Lake - After Dick Dragon, the first settler here.
- Lightning Creek - ). 'Lightning' was old Yankee slang for very hard work. In 1861 Bill Cunningham and two fellow prospectors discovered this creek.
- They had great trouble descending the steep slopes to the stream, and Cunningham exclaimed at one point, 'Boys, this is lightning!' His companions then made this the name of the stream.
- Nazko River - This is the name that the Carrier Indians applied to the whole of the West Road River but that the whites apply only to the major tributary coming from the south.
- Father Morice wrote that there are two possible translations for Nazko: 'the river that flows 'across' the land into the Fraser,' and 'Cross River, the river one has to cross in order to go north or south.'
- Quesnel River - Also QUESNEL and QUESNEL LAKE. Returning from his journey to the mouth of the Fraser River, Simon Fraser noted in his journal for 1 August 1808, 'Debarked at Quesnel's River.'
- The Quesnel for whom he had named this river was Jules Maurice Quesnel, one of the two clerks of the NWC who accompanied him on his historic journey.
- Quesnel was at this time a young man of twenty-two. He left the fur trade three years later.
- In his final years, he played an active part in Quebec politics, being a member first of the Special Council of Lower Canada, and then of the Legislative Council of the united province of Canada. He died in 1842.
- Quesnel River was at one time also known as Swift River. The ghost town of Quesnel Forks, or Forks City, was the earliest of the Cariboo gold camps. The town of Quesnel was once known as 'Quesnelle Mouth.'
- Baezaeko River - Derived from the Carrier Indian word meaning 'basalt river,' with special reference to the black basalt from which arrowheads were made.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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