Stikine River
The Stikine River flows southwest out of Stikine Plateau through Northern BC and the BC-Alaska boundary.1 It is the fourth-longest river in the province and its Tlingit First Nation name simply means the river.2
Stikine River was a transportation route to several northern gold rushes during the 1800s.3 Its lower reaches were traversed by stern-wheeled paddle steamers for almost a century.4
This 1860 map, from the Colonial Despatches collection, provides several fascinating details on the “Stekin River”.
The Stikine Ranges in North-central BC are named after the river.5
  • 1. Andrew Scott, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2009), 568.
  • 2. Ibid.
  • 3. Ibid.
  • 4. Ibid.
  • 5. Ibid.
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