Thompson Region
Thompson Region refers to the area within the watershed of the Thompson River. Simon Fraser named the river after fellow explorer David Thompson; however, the region was also known as “Couteau Country”, after the Thompson Salish people, then referred to as “Couteau” by explorers.1
The Thompson and Fraser Rivers merge at Lytton, which is the heart of the Thompson Region. Lytton and the surrounding area was a key site of the Fraser River Gold Rush, as this despatch, for example, illustrates. Today, the Thompson Region, together with the Nicola Valley, constitutes the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.2
  • 1. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Place Names (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997), 266.
  • 2. Thompson-Nicola Regional District, BC Geographical Names Information System.
Mentions of this place in the documents
People in this document

Fraser, Simon

Thompson, David

Places in this document

Fraser River

Lytton

Thompson River

The Colonial Despatches Team. Thompson Region. 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/thompson.html.

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