Harrison Lake
Harrison Lake is located in southwest British Columbia, just north of the Fraser River; it is connected to the same through its outflow, Harrison River. In 1828, Simpson named it after Benjamin Harrison, who would be deputy governor of the HBC from 1835-39.1
Harrison Lake is famous for its hot springs, a legend about which was born when a small boat capsized there during Winter, and the boaters were rightly shocked to find themselves bobbing in warm water.2
Akrigg and Akrigg note that the Anglicized Indigenous name—likely from the In-SHUCK-ch Nation—3for the lake is “Pook-pah-Kohtl”, or many large spring salmon, perhaps a metaphor for boiling water.4
  • 1. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Place Names (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997), 106.
  • 2. Ibid.
  • 3. Traditional Territory, In-SHUCK-ch Nation.
  • 4. Akrigg and Akrigg, British Columbia Place Names, 106.
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Fraser River

Harrison River

The Colonial Despatches Team. Harrison Lake. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/harrison_lake.html.

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