Campbell River (Semiahmoo Bay)

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Footbridge over the river, at Little Campbell River Park

The Campbell River passes through Surrey and Langley, British Columbia, Canada, entering Semiahmoo Bay at the Semiahmoo Indian Reserve, which lies between the City of White Rock and Peace Arch Park on the international boundary.

Originally labelled Campbell Creek in 1917 by the Geographic Board of Canada,[1] it was labelled Tahtaloo on International Boundary Survey sheet 2 (date not cited); variant spellings include Tahla too, Tah-la-loo, and Tah tu lo.[2] It was probably named after Archibald Campbell, US commissioner in the joint negotiations to locate the international boundary 1857-1862, who had his camp at the mouth of the creek.[3][4] It was identified in the field notes of Joseph Trutch's survey as Semiahmoo Creek in 1859.[5]

Tributaries (listed from the mouth up)[edit]

  • Fergus Creek
  • Sand Hill Creek

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
  2. ^ BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
  3. ^ BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
  4. ^ BC Historical Quarterly V 219, and also Canadian Geographic Journal XXXI 120
  5. ^ Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

Coordinates: 49°00′58″N 122°46′48″W / 49.016°N 122.780°W / 49.016; -122.780